During his prep days with the Tigers, Oelmann had to be a part of great success on many playing fields, including the baseball diamond where he helped Sherrard to three straight regional titles from 2004-06, a race that culminated in a 31-5 season and a trip to enter his senior year.
On the football field, he was part of the back-to-back qualifiers in ’04 and ’05. He also helped the Tiger boys’ basketball team to regional championships in ’04 and ’06.
When he succeeded Sean McCollum as Sherrard’s baseball coach, Oelmann inherited a squad that came from subsequent 2A regional titles, including a section championship in 2014. From 2016-19, Oelmann’s team went 53-50 with three winning seasons in four years and reached 2A regional finals in 2017. and ’19, but lacked a title both times.
“I felt like last year, we were ready to get over the hump that had escaped us,” he said of the 2020 spring season, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic before area teams could hit the diamond.
“We had a good time. We had some quality teams every year I was here. We have many quality children in all four classes and a great senior class. Everyone is eager to learn. Every year I was here we had 35 to 40 children in the program. “
Oelmann had been especially looking forward to the 2020 campaign, not only for the Tigers’ prospects on the field after last season ended with a heartbreaking 2-0 loss to Knoxville in the Rushville-Industry Regional title game, but to the staff he was to work with in the excavation. .