Owens Gets Contract Extension
CHN Staff Report
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado College coach Scott Owens is the latest in the Division I ranks to get a contract extension. Owens, whose .652 winning percentage the last seven years ranks third nationally among active NCAA Division I men's hockey coaches, will remain at the Colorado College helm for at least another seven seasons.
Owens has signed a contract renewal, effective through the 2012-13 campaign, Director of Athletics Julie Soriero announced today. No further details of the contract were disclosed.
In his previous six years behind the CC bench, Owens has guided the Tigers to a pair of WCHA regular-season championships and four NCAA playoff bids, including a trip to the Frozen Four last spring. His career record heading into this week's series at St. Cloud State stands at 171-87-19. The 171 career victories represent the most of any coach in the history of Tiger Hockey.
"Scott's record speaks for itself," said Soriero, "but beyond that he is a terrific asset to our institution as well as the community. As an alum of Colorado College he understands the unique challenges of being a student-athlete under the Block Plan. The players and staff respect him not only as a knowledgeable coach - but also for the person he is, what he expects, his integrity and how he conducts himself. I am pleased to know that Scott is committed to leading our program for the next seven years."
"I appreciate the hard work and effort that Julie and Colorado College put into making this contract renewal happen," said Owens, who graduated from CC in 1979. "I'm obviously very pleased to know that I'll be able to continue to work at such a great institution and lead this program for years to come."
CC, which split with North Dakota last weekend, is 18-11-1 overall record in 2005-06. With eight games remaining in the regular season, the Tigers find themselves in a dogfight for positioning in the WCHA playoffs. They currently are sixth in the league standings, with a 10-9-1 mark in conference play and a shot at finishing as high as third. The top five teams play host to best-of-three series in the opening round of the postseason, with the winners advancing to the WCHA Final Five.
"We've accomplished a lot and have had many great players come through CC during the last seven years," said Owens, whose players have won two Hobey Baker Memorial Awards and 10 All-America honors since 2000-01. "I'm looking forward to the remainder of this season and the challenges we face, as well as to the future of our program."