Wrestling to be added for 2017-18 academic year

Posted on: Mar 10, 2017

We are delighted to announce a new athletic program starting in the 2017-18 academic year. As a result of a very generous contribution from Tom and Courtney O’Brien, next year Holland Hall will offer wrestling for the first time.

Holland Hall is distinguished by the numerous extracurricular offerings we have for a school our size. With soccer’s move to the spring season, the opportunity to bring wrestling, a recognized OSSAA sport, to Holland Hall presented itself.

We want to thank the O’Brien family for accelerating the introduction of wrestling into our overall athletic offerings. Their gift fully funds all start-up costs related to the program, including renovating the current Middle School gymnastics room into a practice facility for the team. Their gift also allows the baseball program to relocate their batting cages.

We are also delighted to announce the appointment of our first wrestling coach. Well known by the Upper School faculty, Mr. Rick Cameron will be returning to Holland Hall to teach math and lead our wrestling efforts. Rick taught Upper School math and helped coach various sports at Holland Hall before leaving for North Carolina three years ago to be closer to his son, then a college student. Rick and his wife, Victoria, are ecstatic about returning to Tulsa and the Holland Hall community.

Rick has been involved in education for 25 years, including as a math teacher and wrestling coach for the last three years at the highly regarded Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina. While an outstanding math teacher in his own right, Rick has had remarkable success as a coach, earning conference coach of the year honors during his time at Berkeley High School in South Carolina. For the past three years at Ravenscroft, his teams have finished in the top three and have included at least one individual state champion each year.

At his appointment, Rick offered the following sentiments, “I am honored and excited about the opportunity to build a wrestling program at Holland Hall. Wrestling has had a profound impact on my life, and I look forward to introducing young athletes to one of the world’s oldest sports within a state that enjoys such a rich tradition.”