Jack Owens has labored as an assistant basketball coach in Ohio State for 2 and a half months and has began understanding of his dwelling in Columbus.
Owens, a former Purdue assistant coach and head coach for Miami (Ohio) for the previous 5 years, was employed by OSU coach Chris Holtman in late March. He and longtime assist employees member Mike Nettie are employed to exchange a pair of departing assistants Ryan Pedon and Tony Skinn.
Owens and his spouse Kamel are settling into their new dwelling in Columbus with their three daughters, Alana (a graduate pupil in Miami), Annie and Annie. He met with members of the media on Wednesday to debate his transition to OSU employees (see video above).
“It was good,” Owens stated. “My household simply moved in final week, in order that transfer is over. The teaching employees is nice. (The gamers) got here again right here every week or so in the past. All the things goes effectively at the moment.”
Owens, an Indianapolis native, had been out of labor for simply over every week. He was relieved of his duties in Miami on March 23 after a five-year stint as coach of the Redhawks. His groups set a report of 70-83 and appeared as soon as after the season on the 2018 CBI. Miami was 14-18 final season. In 2020-21, the RedHawks scored their first win (12-11) since 2009.
He had beforehand labored as one of many principal assistant coaches Matt Pinter at Purdue. Focus on what drew him to Ohio.
“Initially, it was Coach Holtman. He is an incredible man and an incredible coach,” Owens stated. “Simply in passing, I used to be within the Huge Ten and when he was in Butler I used to be in Purdue. Simply crossing paths, I do know he is doing an incredible job. Ohio State is a good place to be and I Excited to be right here.
“It is simply a chance to work with somebody like Coach Holtman. We’ve got an incredible employees right here. Everyone seems to be on the identical web page. You wish to be round nice folks and individuals who do issues the proper means. Coach Holtman undoubtedly does that.”
Owens has talked about going from being a head coach to serving to him out once more.
“If you’re the top coach, each resolution that involves your desk is like the ultimate name,” Owens stated. “Right here, Coach Holtman is that man and everyone seems to be in line with what he says. As an assistant coach, I wish to are available in right here and provides the most effective of my talents and assist this system transfer ahead.
“I’ve been very lucky to be an assistant coach on so many ranges and I’m acquainted with Huge Ten and being a head coach. I can perceive among the issues that coach Holtmann goes by way of. As a former participant, I may also speak to the gamers about what they’re going by way of as effectively.”
Previous to becoming a member of Miami, Owens spent 9 seasons on the employees at Purdue College, three seasons as an assistant coach and the final six seasons as its assistant head coach. Throughout his time at West Lafayette, Boilermakers scored 209 wins (23.2/12 months), together with 27 throughout his senior 12 months (2016-17 season) to assist Purdue win the Huge Ten common season.
In Owens’ 9 seasons with Purdue, the Boilermakers have offered the NCAA Championship on seven events, and superior to the Candy 16 three completely different instances.
Owens has helped produce 5 NBA draft picks, together with AJ Hammons, Robbie Hummel, and a number of other different skilled basketball gamers. In 2017, he helped direct Caleb Swanigan to nationwide consideration, and was named one of many 5 finalists for the John R. Wood Award, awarded to the nation’s greatest participant.
Discuss that have working with the painter at Purdue.
“It is enjoyable,” he stated. “I used to be very fortunate. The painter coach was an incredible man and he gave me an opportunity. On the similar time, you wish to encompass your self with good folks. Being right here in Ohio, we wish to go one step additional. Now that I am taking up Purdue, it is perhaps slightly completely different than going In opposition to Coach Painter and these guys.However on the finish of the day, all of us wish to win.
“Coach Painter is an effective pal. Brad Stevens is an effective pal of mine too. There are some guys you lean on and so they clearly know Coach Holtman and everybody cares about coach and the way he behaves in his work. You wish to align your self with the proper folks and he is doing an incredible job.”