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Oscar Olejniczak is coming home to become head football coach at Royal Oak Shrine after guiding U-D Jesuit to three state playoff appearances in his five years leading the program.

Olejniczak, 44, replaces John Goddard, who was fired after 25 years at Shrine, where the Knights slipped to 3-6 this past fall after going 10-2 with a Division 8 district title in 2016.

“When the position opened it was something that intrigued me and then when I started talking to them about it I was excited about it,” said Olejniczak, who attended Shrine from kindergarten through eighth grade before moving on to high school at U-D Jesuit. “It’s a K-through-12 school, and I’m excited about the opportunity to work hand to hand with the principal. The big thing is being a part of the Shrine community, not just the football program, but school, parish, everything.

“I’m just really excited about it since it’s such a winning tradition with storied alumni, guys like John Wangler. I just want to take over that winning tradition and take it to a new level. They have a great group of young men who want to be at their best every day.”

Goddard guided Shrine to 16 state playoff appearances in the last 19 years.

Olejniczak was 25-24 in five years at U-D Jesuit, guiding the Cubs to their first winning season in 10 years in 2013. A number of players earned Power Five Conference offers, including safety Scotty Nelson (Wisconsin) last year and running back Elijah Collins this season (Michigan State).

Olejniczak and his wife Pamela have an 11-year-old daughter, Isabella. He also will be assistant director of admissions and special projects coordinator at Shrine.

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