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UM's Owens headed to coach in PAC-12

Published On: Jun 21 2013 05:08:36 PM MDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2013 05:54:54 PM MDT
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Griz assistant basketball coach Freddie Owens announced he will be leaving the team this offseason to pursue a coaching opportunity at Oregon State. Owens spent the last four years at Montana helping the Griz reach three straight Big Sky Tournament Championship games, and two NCAA tournament appearances.

Owens has been around the game of basketball for many years both as a player and a coach, but he says the time he spent in Missoula gave him a new perspective about basketball.

"I've been able to see how things are done from behind the scenes," said Owens. "More importantly, how things are done the right way and that's what a guy like coach Tinkle embodies. He does everything the right way and it's a family affair and family environment and that's something that I'll definitely take from this."

One of the assistant coaches at Oregon State left the basketball program for another coaching job, leaving a vacancy on the staff. Owens said it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.  

"My goal is to be a head coach some day, and be able to take what I've learned from guys like Coach Tinkle and Bo Ryan and Tony Bennett and now coach Robinson and kind of find my own identity," said Owens.

Oregon State finished last season with a record of 14-18 overall while going 4-14 in conference play.