The Oberembt Amenities Center, located inside the Knosher Bowl, was dedicated last Saturday, before the Knox versus Carroll University football game, in honor of former football coach and football player Randy Oberembt, ‘76.
“It is very humbling and it is gratifying, because I spent 15 years here,” said Oberembt while fighting back tears. “It’s just very humbling. Any association that you can have with Harley Knosher at a career level will be as good as it gets for me.”
Oberembt graduated from Knox in 1976 with a B.A. in History and from Western Illinois University in 1981 with a M.S. in Educational Administration. From 1972 to 1975, he started on both offense and defense for the Knox football team and he was a four-year letter winner.
Upon graduation from WIU, Oberembt coached at Tsikilwa High School, leading them to two conference championships and a 40-18 record. He then moved to Johnsburg High School, where he led the team to a 7-2 record, ranking them fifth in the Chicago Sun Times Class 3A poll.
In 1985, Oberembt returned to Knox and became the head football and head track and field coach. As the football coach, he led his team to a 41-57-1 record, placing him third overall for most wins by a head coach in Knox history. As the track and field coach, his team won the 1987 Midwest Conference Championship. Under his guidance, Oberembt had 11 athletes selected as DIII All-Americans, set two NCAA records and 70 Knox records amongst his teams. He coached at Knox from 1985 to 1995.
In 2002, Oberembt was inducted into the Knox-Lombard Athletic Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments at Knox. He is currently the Director of Athletics at New Trier High School, where he has been since 2006. He is married to Donna Schwall, ’79 and they have a daughter, Katherine.
The Knox College Sports Information Department contributed to this article.