Could Jake Oeth ('09) beat President Obama in a game of 1-on-1?
Fri, Apr. 12, 2013 - [Men's Basketball]

For Division III Week 2013 – April 8-14 – we've elected to turn to our alumni to find out directly from them what they enjoyed most about their Loras experiences. They've taken the time to reflect on what they discovered and  developed – as well as the dedication they demonstrated - while a Duhawk. We'll take some trips down memory lane all week. The request was an open ended reflection on their college years in the purple and gold.


Jake Oeth

Men's Basketball

Class of 2009

Political Science (History, Business minors)

All-IIAC 2nd Team

2X Academic All-Conference

IIAC champion, 2006-2007 season

IIAC Tournament Champion 2007, 2008 - NCAA qualifier both seasons


As far as the headline goes, we're not sure if Oeth would win the 1-on-1 game, but we're certain President Obama would like what he sees in Jake's game! 


Maybe you think politics are too polarizing, or too boring. Or both. Or neither. On Loras College's campus, we have both "Loras Democrats" and "Loras Republicans" student groups. Jake started his healthy competition and healthy debates with the Duhawks as both a member of the basketball team and as a part of student government. Below are his reflections during Division III Week.


"Discover: The ability to pursue many different opportunities at Loras gave me a full and well-rounded education. The opportunities at Loras allowed me to be involved in collegiate athletics as well as other extracurricular activities outside of basketball. I was involved in student government. I also had the chance to study abroad in Ireland for a two week program during the summer and had an internship in Washington, DC. Loras provided a great balance to pursue my many interests and still participate in DIII athletics. To me, this is what a Division III program is all about.


Develop: Being involved in athletics is a great way to make strong friendships. My teammates and I still stay in touch to this day and are some of the best friends I will ever have. Bonding over long road trips, going through the ups and downs of a long season are experiences that bring you closer and give you a better understanding of interpersonal relationships in the real world.


Dedicate: The best part of being a part of a college athletic team is the shared dedication that you and your teammates all have in common. The most successful teams all have this shared drive and determination to compete. I was honored to play with great teammates who shared the same passion for the game of basketball - who were also motivated off the court and in the classroom."


Oeth is currently Political Director for Braley For Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa. Oeth finished his Duhawk basketball career with over 900 points, 550 rebounds, and 200 assists.


*Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers, and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social, and religious roles.*