- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Lancaster High School Principal and Talk Show Host Jack Greathouse believes the athletic program at Ohio University Lancaster is one of the community’s best kept secrets. During his radio show
last week, Greathouse talked about the strengths of OUL’s athletic program with OUL Athletic
Director Jeff Whitehead.
“The purity of college athletics is right there at OUL,” said Greathouse. “Students are not coming for a certain amount of money. It’s the athlete that is going to school. They sometimes even have children, and they are working. That’s truly a student athlete.”
Whitehead told Greathouse that 85 to 90 percent of OUL’s student athletes are working 15 to 20 hours a week while attending school. But, OUL understands that the student athletes have other responsibilities. Coaches work the practice times around class and work schedules.
“Our students work hard on the field and in the classroom,” said Whitehead. “We think the classroom is the most important thing.”
There are eight different sports in which students can participate at Ohio University Lancaster. The OUL teams
compete against other regional campuses in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, softball, volleyball and men’s and women’s tennis. In February, the women’s basketball team won the state title. This spring, the OUL baseball team won its conference for the third straight year.
“I think we offer a lot to the community,” said Whitehead. “The administration has listened to the community and offered what they want.”
Greathouse pointed out that OUL has a great working relationship with the area school districts. He said there many times when OUL has made its athletic facilities available to the schools in emergency situations.
“So many times OU Lancaster has bailed out Lancaster City Schools or Lancaster High School,” said Greathouse. “You have always been there when people have needed you.”
“OUL is there for the community,” said Whitehead. “That’s what we’re supposed to do and what we do.”
“The Jack Greathouse Show” airs on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. on WLOH.