Ohio State to hire former Miami coach Jack Owens as new assistant coach

Adam Jardy
The Columbus Dispatch
Miami RedHawks head coach Jack Owens reacts to a bad shot in the first half of a game between the Miami RedHawks and the Northern Kentucky Norse at Millet Hall in Oxford, Ohio, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

Ohio State is expected to add former Miami (Ohio) coach Jack Owens as an assistant coach, multiple sources have told The Dispatch.

A native of Indianapolis, Owens spent the last five seasons with the RedHawks, where he compiled a 68-83 record and helped the program reach the 2018 College Basketball Invitational. It marked the most wins for Miami and first postseason appearance in seven years.

Owens will fill one of the two open positions on Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann’s staff. The Buckeyes lost assistant coach Ryan Pedon to the head coaching job at Illinois State and assistant Tony Skinn to Maryland, where he took a job for his former coach, Kevin Willard, and moved back to his home area after one season with Ohio State.

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Who is Jack Owens?

Prior to getting the head coaching job at Miami, Owens spent nine seasons on staff at Purdue, where he spent three years as an assistant coach and the final six years as associate head coach under Matt Painter. He coached such Boilermakers as Robbie Hummel, AJ Hammons and Caleb Swanigan.

His addition leaves one open spot still on Holtmann’s coaching staff. A leading candidate is already within the program: Mike Netti, who has been with Holtmann at Ohio State for all five seasons as special assistant to the head coach. Netti was an assistant under Holtmann for three years at Gardner-Webb and then was an assistant at East Carolina for four years before joining the Buckeyes in 2017.

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Prior to Purdue, Owens played collegiately at Murray State and Eastern Illinois. He had coaching stops with Howard Community College, Barton County Community College, Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois.

Owens coached against the Buckeyes during his first season with the RedHawks. Ohio State won, 72-59, on Dec. 30, 2017. He also has coached Javin Etzler, older brother of Ohio State's Kalen Etzler, for the last three seasons.


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