Freddie Owens
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Wisconsin, 2005
Experience: 1st Year
Freddie Owens Biography
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 07/01/2013

Freddie Owens, who served as an assistant coach at the University of Montana the past four seasons and was a standout guard at the University of Wisconsin, has joined the Oregon State men’s basketball staff, head coach Craig Robinson announced on June 25, 2013.

Owens has been a part of seven NCAA Tournament teams, including all four years as a student-athlete at Wisconsin (2001-04) and three times as an assistant coach with the Grizzlies (2010, 2012 and 2013).

“I’m very excited,” Owens said. “This is a great time to be joining the Oregon State program. Coach Robinson and his staff have done a great job of getting a lot of talent in Corvallis. With the recent opening of the practice facility, it will change a lot of things with the type of recruits we can bring in. It’s an excellent opportunity for me personally to learn from Coach Robinson and work with him as well.”

Robinson took his time looking for an assistant coach who can help with skill development and recruiting, and he couldn’t be happier with the hire.

“We are very excited to welcome Freddie to Beaver Nation,” Robinson said. “I coached against him when he played at Wisconsin, and as a coach at Montana. He comes to Corvallis with a strong X and O background and also has recruited top talent nationally. Coach Owens will make a great addition to the OSU family.”

In four seasons at Montana, Owens helped the Grizzlies win 93 games, including 20-plus each year, with three Big Sky Conference Tournament titles and four postseason appearances. His duties included all aspects of recruiting, practice and game day preparations, scouting reports, skill development with perimeter and post players, academics and organizing summer camps.

Before becoming an assistant coach at Montana, Owens served as a graduate assistant at Iowa State University during the 2008-09 season for Greg McDermott, who is now the head coach at Creighton University. Owens was an assistant coach in 2007-08 at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., and helped the team go 18-10, its most wins in a season since joining the Division II ranks.

Owens was recruited to Wisconsin as a defensive stopper by Dick Bennett, who retired three games into his freshman year, before Brad Soderberg took over as interim head coach. He played his final three seasons for Bo Ryan as the sixth man his sophomore year and starter as a junior and senior. In his four-year career, Owens scored 796 points and helped the Badgers win two Big Ten regular season championships (2002 and 2003) and one Big Ten Tournament title (2004). He made a game-winning three-pointer against Tulsa at the buzzer in the NCAA Tournament as a junior in 2003 to send the Badgers to the Sweet 16.

After college, Owens played professionally in Europe for the Riga Barons in Latvia in 2005-06 in the Euro Cup and Baltic Leagues. “After playing one year of professional basketball, I knew I wanted to get in coaching and help young men,” Owens said. His first coaching stint was with Stay In The Game AAU (now Terry Porter Elite) in 2006-07.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Owens graduated from Milwaukee Washington High School in 2000 after leading the basketball team to a 24-2 record and state runner-up finish as a senior when he was ranked the third-best guard in Wisconsin.

 “My strengths as a coach would be my ability to relate to the players, recruiting and skill development,” Owens said. “Being able to relate to the players does wonders and creates a winning environment. They trust us with their lives. They are leaving their families and their parents trust that we are going to take care of them. That is a huge strength of mine. I played and went through what they are going through, so I understand how important it is to have a great relationship with the players.

“I’ve been fortunate to be around some great coaches -- Greg McDermott, Wayne Tinkle, Dick Bennett, Tony Bennett, Bo Ryan -- I’m just trying to take what I’ve learned from all of them and form my own identity.”

Owens earned his degree in life sciences and communications from the University of Wisconsin in 2005 and his master's degree in higher education from Iowa State University in 2011. He and his wife, Carmen, were married in August 2010.