W-H elevates Olem as girls hoop, softball coach

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School announced today the promotion of Jenna Olem as the new Panthers girls head basketball and girls head softball coach. Olem, a former standout at Stoughton High who is a special education teacher at Oliver Ames, has been serving as a sub-varsity coach in soccer, basketball and softball for the past six years.

W-H Athletic Director Bob Rodgers released the following press release to the media regarding the hiring, excerpted below:

“We are extremely pleased to find a coach of Jenna’s caliber. She impressed us with her energy and enthusiasm as well as her impressive playing credentials and her outstanding work as a sub-varsity coach. The fact that she is a teacher just completes the package and I am confident we are bringing in someone who truly joins us in our philosophy of educational athletics,” Whitman-Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said. “I know our kids will enjoy playing for her.”

Olem has coached and competed in the very tough Hockomock League as well as the Bay State League so she is no stranger to outstanding high school sports.

“I am very excited to be a part of the great sports tradition at Whitman-Hanson High School and I hope to continue that tradition of success in both girls basketball and softball. I am excited to be joining a new athletic conference, which will be much different from coaching in the Hockomock League,” Olem said.

While the new coach stopped short of making any predictions in terms of wins and losses, she is confident her team will play the game the right way.

“People can expect to see student-athletes that are always ready and motivated to compete to the best of their ability. They will see camaraderie amongst teammates, positive attitudes, and sportsmanship displayed in all circumstances,” Olem said.