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Name  Ted Owens
Role  Basketball Coach
Education  University of Oklahoma

Ted Owens (basketball) Former coach Ted Owens recalls KU days in book KUsportscom

Ted Owens (born July 16, 1929) is an American college basketball coach. He was the coach of the University of Kansas men's basketball team from 1964 to 1983. He is the fourth-winningest coach in Jayhawks basketball history.

Ted Owens (basketball) Memory lane Former KU basketball coach Ted Owens

Owens' overall Kansas record was 348–182 (.657), and his Big Eight Conference record was 170–96 (.639). In Owens' tenure at KU, he won six Big Eight Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament seven times. His 1971 and 1974 teams made it to the Final Four, and in 1968 the Jayhawks lost to Dayton in the finals of the National Invitation Tournament. Owens was named Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year five times and was Named National Coach of the Year in 1978 by Basketball Weekly. He coached five All-Americans: Jo Jo White, Darnell Valentine, Dave Robisch, Bud Stallworth and Walt Wesley. He was fired following the 1982–83 season after the Jayhawks posted back-to-back losing seasons. Kansas has not suffered a losing season since, and has only missed the NCAA tournament once since then, in 1988–89 when the program was on probation for recruiting violations committed by Owens' successor, Larry Brown.

Ted Owens (basketball) KU Alumni Association

A three-year letterman at the University of Oklahoma (1949–51), Owens honed his coaching skills as head coach at Cameron State Junior College in Lawton, Oklahoma. In four seasons his teams never won fewer than 20 games and three times advanced to the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship semifinals. At Cameron, he amassed a 93–24 record and boasted four junior college All-Americans.

Owens then accepted an assistant's position under Dick Harp in 1960, and was promoted to head coach when Harp resigned following the 1963–64 season.

Owens had a brief stint of coaching in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv at the 1989–90 season, in which he was sacked in February 1990.

Owens was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on August 3, 2009.

Coaching tree

Ted Owens' coaching tree.

  • John Calipari, University of Kentucky
  • Bob Hill, Seattle SuperSonics
  • References

    Ted Owens (basketball) Wikipedia