Jack Owens is in his sixth season at Purdue, and third as associate head coach after being elevated to the position in August 2011.
Owens' five seasons on the Boilermaker bench have been some of the finest in program history, as he has helped lead Purdue to pair of Sweet 16 appearances and a total of 120 wins.
A primary ballhandler during his college days, Owens' tutelage played a major role in Purdue's nation-leading effort in the turnover department in 2011-12. The Boilermakers averaged just 8.74 turnovers per game as a team, the sixth-lowest in the NCAA since the organization began tracking the stat in 1993.
One of Owens' star pupils in West Lafayette to date is E'Twaun Moore, who finished his career ranked third in Purdue history in points (2,136) and ninth in assists (400). Under Owens' mentorship, Moore became just the third player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in his career. He was also a two-time AP honorable mention All-American and a third-team All-America selection by the NABC in 2011.
Moore was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round of 2011 NBA Draft.
Owens protégé Lewis Jackson finished his career in 2012 as one of the most prolific assist men in program history, dishing out 456 for his career to rank seventh on the school list. He led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio in conference games as a senior with a mark of 2.8.
In 2012-13, Owens tutored Ronnie Johnson to a 139-assist season, the second-highest total by a freshman in Purdue history. Johnson finished the season ranked second in the Big Ten in assists per game (4.6) in league play.
Owens came to Purdue after a five-season stint as an assistant at Southern Illinois, where he was initially hired by current Purdue head coach Matt Painter when the latter held the same position at SIU. In 2003-04, Owens helped Painter lead Southern Illinois to a 25-5 record and an NCAA Tournament berth.
In four seasons at SIU under head coach Chris Lowery, who took over for Painter when the current Purdue head coach made the move to West Lafayette, Owens helped guide the Salukis to three more NCAA Tournament berths, a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, a Missouri Valley Conference title and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.
Combining Owens' time at both Southern Illinois and Purdue, he has coached in the postseason in 10-consecutive seasons, reaching eight NCAA Tournaments, including three Sweet 16s, and making one appearance in the NIT.
Prior to joining the SIU staff, Owens served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois, during the 2002-03 season, and spent the 2001-02 campaign as an assistant at Barton County Community College, which reached as high as No. 2 in the national polls during the season. Owens began his coaching career as an assistant at Howard Community College during the 2000-01 season, serving as the team's interim head coach for a portion of the year.
The Indianapolis native began his collegiate playing career at Murray State, and played a season at Howard Community College before playing two seasons at Eastern Illinois. While at EIU, Owens averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 assists per game as a senior, 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. During the 1999-00 season, Owens remained a part of the Eastern Illinois program as a student assistant coach.
Owens and his wife, Kamilah, have three daughters, Alanah, Aniyah and Anyah.
The Owens File Date of Birth: April 3, 1977 Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind. Education: Eastern Illinois '99 (B.A.) Wife: Kamilah Children: Alanah, Aniyah and Anyah
Murray State - 1995-96
Howard Community College - 1996-97
Eastern Illinois - 1997-99
Howard Community College, assistant coach - 2000-01
Howard Community College, interim head coach - 2001
Barton County Junior College, assistant coach - 2001-02
Eastern Illinois, assistant coach - 2002-03
Southern Illinois, assistant coach - 2003-08
Purdue, assistant coach - 2008-11
Purdue, associate head coach - 2011-Present