Freddie Owens is in his fourth season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2018-2019, and his 12th year overall as an assistant coach including stops at Montana, Oregon State and Utah Valley. His responsibilities include all aspects of recruiting, player development, opponent scouting and community relations.
Last season, Owens assisted in guiding Holy Cross to the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, while ranking second in the conference in scoring defense (67.7 points per game), field goal percentage defense (43.1 percent) and blocked shots (3.4 blocks per game). Previously in 2016-2017, 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 has 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 under Craig Robinson (currently the VP for player and organizational development with the New York Knicks) during the 2013-2014 campaign, helping the Beavers to four wins over NCAA Tournament teams (Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA), 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. While Owens was at Montana, 10 Grizzlies earned All-Big Sky Conference honors — a list that includes Kareem Jamar (2013 Big Sky MVP), Will Cherry (2012 and 2013 Big Sky Defensive POY), Brian Qvale (2011 Big Sky Defensive POY), Jordan Gregory and Anthony Johnson (2010 Big Sky Tournament MVP).
Before becoming an assistant coach at Montana, Owens served as a graduate assistant at Iowa State University during the 2008-2009 season under Greg McDermott (currently the head coach at Creighton). He was also an assistant coach in 2007-2008 at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., and helped the team to a Top 10 regional ranking and an 18-10 record, for 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 Estonia and Latvia for teams competing in the Euro Cup and Baltic Leagues.
Owens is the founder and CEO of the Milwaukee Coaches Association, which has over 500 members and hosts annual coaching clinics in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wis. The purpose of the MCA is to serve as a platform for coaches to come together and exchange ideas as it relates to becoming better coaches and mentors to their student-athletes. Each year the MCA clinic presents collegiate coaches who have ties to the Milwaukee area as guest speakers.
Owens graduated from Milwaukee Washington High School in 2000, then went on to earn 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.