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Jack Owens named Miami RedHawks head men’s basketball coach

Owens has been the associate head coach at Purdue University since 2011.

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The Miami RedHawks have a new head coach, and he’ll be arriving to Oxford from West Lafayette, Indiana.

Jack Owen, the associate head coach at Purdue, will be formally named the 27th head coach in Miami basketball history on March 30.

Owen has been at Purdue since 2008, and has been an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at three prior stops since 2000.

“I’m extremely excited about becoming the head men’s basketball coach at Miami University,” Owens said in a press release. “I would like to thank President Greg Crawford and Athletic Director David Sayler for this opportunity and I look forward to not only rebuilding this championship program, but also making this program one that all Miami alumni can be proud of.”

Owens was instrumental in recruiting the Midwest for the Boilermakers, with the crown gem being the addition of 2016-2017 John R. Wooden Award candidate Caleb Swanigan two years ago. Purdue secured four classes ranked in the Rivals.com Top 30 in each of the last four seasons, including the 15th-ranked class in 2013 thanks in part to Owens’ efforts..

Purdue has been to the NCAA Tournament seven of the last nine years since Owens was named to the staff and has produced five NBA draft picks, including Robbie Hummel and AJ Hammons.

“On behalf of President Crawford, I am pleased to announce Jack Owens as our men’s basketball coach,” athletic director David Sayler said in a press release. “Character, work ethic, recruiting success, player development and a winning pedigree were all traits that made Jack stand out.

“When you combine all those factors with the understanding of how to win at an institution similar to Miami, in Purdue, it is easy to see why we are excited to have him as our head coach,” Sayler continued.

Owens, an Indianapolis native, averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 assists per game as a senior at Eastern Illinois, earning honorable mention All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. He also served as team captain during his final campaign, and garnered team MVP and Outstanding Defensive Player honors. He was originally a Murray State signee before transferring to Howard CC and EIU, coaching at both EIU and Howard CC after his playing career ended.

Owens has a tough job ahead of him; the Weathers brothers recently stated their intention to transfer and Miami was known widely as one of the worst teams in the MAC last year.

Terms of the contract were not released.