Freddie Owens is in his third season as an assistant men's basketball coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2017-2018. Last season, he helped the Crusaders lead the Patriot League in scoring defense (62.1 points per game), steals (9.4 steals per game), turnover margin (+4.9 turnovers per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23-to-1).
During the 2015-2016 campaign, Owens helped the Crusaders to their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1953 and their first Patriot League Tournament title since 2007. Holy Cross also won all four of its Patriot League Tournament games on the road, becoming the first team in conference history to accomplish that feat.
Owens, who came to Holy Cross with eight years of collegiate coaching experience, has now been a part of eight NCAA Tournament teams as either a player or a coach. During the 2014-2015 season, Owens served as an assistant coach at Utah Valley University. He was previously an assistant coach at Oregon State during the 2013-2014 campaign, helping the Beavers to an overall record of 16-16 and a trip to the College Basketball Invitational.
Prior to his time at Oregon State, Owens served as an assistant coach at Montana for four seasons from 2009-2013. He helped the Grizzlies to four straight 20-win seasons and a total of 93 victories, with the team winning three Big Sky Conference Tournament titles and making three trips to the NCAA Tournament (2010, 2012 and 2013). Montana also played in the College Basketball Invitational in 2011.
Before becoming an assistant coach at Montana, Owens served as a graduate assistant at Iowa State University during the 2008-2009 season. He was also an assistant coach in 2007-2008 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.
As an undergraduate, Owens was a two-year starter and four-year letterwinner at the University of Wisconsin, with the team advancing the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons. During his career, he scored 796 points and helped the Badgers win two Big Ten regular season championships (2002 and 2003) and one Big Ten Tournament title (2004). Owens 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 2005-2006 in the Euro Cup and Baltic Leagues. His first coaching stint was with Stay In The Game AAU in 2006-2007.
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.
Owens earned his bachelor's degree in life sciences and communications from Wisconsin in 2005 and his master's degree in higher education from Iowa State in 2011. He and his wife, Carmen, were married in August 2010.