Jack Owens has been on the job as an Ohio State assistant basketball coach for 2-1 / 2 months and he’s beginning to make himself at residence in Columbus.
Owens, a former Purdue assistant coach and the top coach of Miami (Ohio) the final 5 years, was employed by OSU head coach Chris Holtmann in late March. He and longtime help workers member Mike Netti had been employed to exchange a pair of departing assistants in Ryan Pedon and Tony Skinn.
Owens and his spouse Kamilah are settling into their new residence in Columbus together with their three daughters, Alanah (a graduate scholar at Miami), Aniyah and Anyah. He met with media members on Wednesday to debate his transition to the OSU workers (see video above).
“It has been good,” Owens stated. “My household simply moved in final week, in order that transition is over. The teaching workers is nice. The (gamers) obtained again right here every week or so in the past. Every thing goes effectively right now. ”
Owens, an Indianapolis native, was solely out of labor for simply over every week. He was relieved of his duties at Miami on March 23 after a five-year tenure because the RedHawks’ head coach. His groups posted a document of 70-83 and made one postseason look within the 2018 CBI. Miami was 14-18 this previous season. In 2020-21, the RedHawks recorded their first profitable season (12-11) since 2009.
He had labored beforehand as one of many lead assistants for head coach Matt Painter at Purdue. He mentioned what attracted him to Ohio State.
“To begin with, it was Coach Holtmann,” Owens stated. “He is an ideal man and an ideal coach. Simply in passing via, I have been within the Massive Ten and when he was at Butler I used to be at Purdue. Simply crossing paths, I do know he does an ideal job. Ohio State is a good place to be and I am excited to be right here.
“It’s simply the chance to work for somebody like Coach Holtmann. We do have an ideal workers right here. Everyone seems to be on the identical web page. You need to be round nice folks and individuals who do issues the best method. Coach Holtmann undoubtedly does that. ”
Owens talked in regards to the transition from being a head coach to being an assistant once more.
“If you’re the top coach, each choice that comes throughout your desk you make that ultimate name,” Owens stated. “Right here, Coach Holtmann is that man and everybody falls consistent with what he says. As an assistant coach, I need to come right here and serve to the most effective of my means and assist this system transfer ahead.
“I’ve been very lucky to be an assistant coach at loads of ranges and I’m aware of the Massive Ten and being a head coach. I can perceive among the issues Coach Holtmann goes via. As a former participant, I may also relate to the fellows what they are going via as effectively. ”
Previous to becoming a member of Miami, Owens spent 9 seasons on workers at Purdue College, three as an assistant coach and the final six as its affiliate head coach. Throughout his time in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers recorded 209 wins (23.2 / 12 months), together with 27 throughout his ultimate 12 months (2016-17 season) to assist Purdue win a Massive Ten common season championship.
In Owens’ 9 seasons with Purdue, the Boilermakers made the NCAA Event on seven events, advancing to the Candy 16 three totally different occasions.
Owens has helped produce 5 NBA draft picks, together with AJ Hammons and Robbie Hummel and a number of skilled basketball gamers. In 2017, he helped information Caleb Swanigan to nationwide consideration, he was named certainly one of 5 finalists for the John R. Picket Award, given to the nation’s prime participant.
He talked about that have working for Painter at Purdue.
“It is fascinating,” he stated. “I used to be very lucky. Coach Painter was an ideal man and he gave me a chance. On the identical time, you need to encompass your self with good folks. Being right here at Ohio State, we need to take it one other step. Now that I’m going towards Purdue, it is perhaps somewhat totally different going towards Coach Painter and people guys. However on the finish of the day, all of us need to win.
“Coach Painter is an efficient buddy. Brad Stevens is an efficient buddy of mine as effectively. There are specific guys you lean upon they usually clearly know Coach Holtmann and everybody raves about Coach and the way he goes about his enterprise. You need to align your self with the best folks and he does an ideal job. ”