Student athlete profile - Oliver Pohlenz

Oliver Pohlenz


Have you enjoyed your senior season?

The season's gone by really fast for me. I really wanted the team to be the best it can be and win another regional and sectional championship.

When did your soccer life begin?

Probably when I was 6 playing with my buddies through AYSO. My dad was a coach for a long time. I just fell in love with the sport and the environment.

How have you evolved as a player since freshman year?

My freshman year I started off playing midfielder. That was kind of my position. Then I got injured. My first day of practice as a junior, Coach Wiggins asked me to play center back with another senior. I made the switch, and I've been a defender ever since.

Do you have pre-game routines?

I always put on my playlist in my car. Right now I'm really into Bruno Mars and David Guetta. I use KT tape on my right shoulder ever since I dislocated it last year. I also double-knot my shoelaces.

How do you lead as team captain?

In my pre-match speeches, I've got to really think about my words and try and motivate the players to give 110 percent.

What's been the highlight of the season so far?

Getting back the Silver Brick by beating LT.

What pro athlete do you admire?

Christiano Ronaldo's work ethic really inspires me to strive to have a similar work ethic.

Where might we find you 10 years from now?

I hope to be doing either doing sports administration or sports medicine. I'm definitely going to keep playing soccer until my legs give out.

Why does coach Mike Wiggins like having Pohlenz on the team?

Ollie sets the example every day as one of our captains. Dedicated, committed and hard working, he shows up with an eagerness to be better. Ollie doesn't have to say much. Whether it's in training or in games, he is focused, encouraging and leaves it all out on the field each time out. He is a great example for the younger players in the program and truly exemplifies the Red Devil spirit our athletes have here at Central.

- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff