Former assistant named new Osseo girls’ soccer coach


By Bob San

Osseo-Maple Grove Sports


Former assistant Traci Ohlenkamp has been named the new Osseo High School girls’ soccer head coach.

Ohlenkamp, a special education teacher at Osseo High, served as the varsity assistant coach for both girls’ soccer and fastpitch softball at Osseo for three years.  She took this past fall off from coaching to be home with her newborn daughter.

“I’m very excited to be returning to the Osseo soccer program,” Ohlenkamp said.  “Osseo athletics is a family and I missed being a part of it this fall.  It’s an honor to be named the head coach.  I look forward to reconnecting with the girls.  My hope is to implement some changes that will increase the number of students coming out for soccer in fall 2014.”

“Traci brings a wealth of experience to the position,” Osseo High Activities Director Ray Kirch said.  “She recently completed her head coaching licensure training through the Minnesota State High School League and will begin her duties immediately as she puts together a non-conference schedule and assembles a staff of assistant coaches.  She is a favorite of student-athletes and parents and will bring stability to the soccer program. Her assignment brings an immediate buzz to the Osseo soccer community and great anticipation for the fall of 2014.”

Osseo senior Emily Peterson was ecstatic when she heard Ohlenkamp will be the new Orioles head coach.

“I had her for three years and I love her,” said Peterson, who was the team captain this past season. “She is awesome and I am super excited the girls will have her. She knows her stuff very well and she already has connections with the girls because she has coached before so I think everything will go pretty well.”

Ohlenkamp graduated from Irondale High School where she was a defender on the varsity team.  She also played on various traveling teams during high school.  In college at University of Minnesota-Duluth, she elected to play club and competitive co-ed soccer.  She has continued to play since college in both the Minnesota Women’s Soccer League and competitive co-ed leagues throughout the metro.  Presently, she plays year round (outdoor/indoor) and in various formats (6v6, 11v11) both women’s and co-ed several nights a week.