Papermakers have won 13 state team championships in seven sports during Oster’s eight years as the school’s athletic director
In terms of championship, Rory Oster is the most accomplished athletic director in Camas High School history.
Soon, his time as the AD at Camas will be history as he prepares to step away and move to Minnesota.
Camas athletic teams have won 13 state championships in Oster’s eight years at the school. There are some spring sports teams this season that would like to add to that total, as well.
Not that Oster is taking any credit for those titles.
“When I talked to my coaches, it was me being so grateful for everything they’ve done and what they’ve taught me and how they made me a better AD,” Oster said. “I’d just like to thank my coaches, the student-athletes, and the community for inspiring me every day.”
Three years ago, Oster figured he would be in this job until he retired. Life throws curveballs, he said. And fortunately for Oster, he adjusted to this pitch and crushed it.
He is leaving for the most honorable of reasons.
For much of the past three years, the Oster family has lived in two households, one in Camas and the other in Minnesota. Rory and Robyn have been commuting, if you will, after they moved to help their oldest son Rylan chase down his hockey dreams. Their two younger children, Reagan and Reece, have been in Minnesota schools for three years, as well.
“They are established there. They really love it. Right now, it’s the right place for my family,” Rory Oster said. “This was a short-term deal, going back and forth. The most important thing right now is to be with my family and all be together.”
For more on Rylan Oster’s journey, click here: Love, talent for hockey takes Camas athlete to the Midwest
Rory Oster is exploring employment options in Minnesota. His job at Camas, in fact, has already been filled. Camas hired former Papermaker baseball standout Stephen Baranowski, who has been an associate principal and athletic coordinator at Liberty Middle School. Baranowski will be an associate principal as well as the AD at the high school.
Oster will finish out this school year and help in Baranowski’s transition.
As he leaves Camas, Rory Oster can look back on a lot of titles.
Camas gymnastics won three state team titles. Football, girls soccer, girls cross country, and boys swimming won two state titles. And boys cross country and boys track and field won one championship.
“It’s been unreal. It’s been a fairy tale. It’s really been a dream,” Oster said. “Great school. Great staff. Great kids. Great community. The whole package. I don’t know how to say it. It’s been an unbelievably great ride.”