University of Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles announced Tuesday the hiring of Teddy Owens as administrative coordinator for the Husker basketball program. In his role, he will assist in daily operations, on-campus recruiting and other assigned duties, including student-athlete outreach on campus.
For Miles, Owens’ combination of experience and basketball acumen made him an ideal fit for the Husker staff.
“Teddy has a great basketball background with his family and has been involved in the game throughout his life. He was a successful high school coach so he knows how to make decisions, and he spent the last two years working for Lon Kruger, a coach I admire and have a lot of respect for, at Oklahoma. As I got to know Teddy, I thought he was a strong fit for our program and is what we need to make our program better every day.”
Owens comes to Nebraska after spending the last two seasons working as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma under Lon Kruger. While at Oklahoma, he was in charge of on-campus recruiting tours for recruits and family members, created recruiting pieces, assisted in individual workouts and practices and helped coordinate Oklahoma’s summer basketball camps. The Sooners went 20-12 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13.
In addition to his work at Oklahoma, Owens spent three seasons as the basketball coach at Lincoln Christian in Tulsa, Okla., compiling a 48-27 record leading the school to a pair of Class 2A state tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010. He also was an assistant coach at Holland Hall Preparatory and Tulsa Edison High Schools. He served as a student manager at Oklahoma State during the 2003-04 season, when the Cowboys went 31-4, won the Big 12 title and reached the Final Four.
Owens received his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Oklahoma State and his master’s degree in human relations from Oklahoma in May of 2013.
He is the son of former Kansas basketball coach Ted Owens, who went 348-182 in 19 seasons at Kansas from 1965 to 1983. The elder Owens won six Big Eight titles and reached the Final Four with the Jayhawks in 1971 and 1974.