Owens Named Assistant Baseball Coach
Aug. 3, 2000
Memphis, Tenn - Larry Owens, who has over nine years of baseball experience at the college and professional level, has been named as the new pitching coach for the University of Memphis baseball team.
"I am pleased that Larry (Owens) has decided to join my staff," said Memphis head coach Dave Anderson. "He brings a wealth of experience to our pitching staff and when it comes to recruiting, has a good knowledge of prep baseball in the state of Tennessee."
Owens, a nine-year veteran of the minor leagues and collegiate ranks, is the first assistant to be named by first-year head coach Dave Anderson, who was hired in June. Owens comes to the University of Memphis from Austin Peay State University, where he coached the Govs pitching staff to a 32-27 record and a team ERA of 5.30 last season.
A native of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Owens began his collegiate playing career at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky. before transferring to Vincennes (Indiana) University. He completed his college career at Armstrong State, where he played his final two seasons. In both of those seasons, Armstrong State finished with the number one ranking in the Division II polls. As a senior, Owens was an honorable mention All-American, posting a 7-0 record and holding a 2.88 ERA. He went on to be drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 27th round of the 1990 draft and he played one season for the Pulaski Braves.
Owens returned to baseball as a coach in 1992 as the head coach of his alma mater, Jeffersonville High School. He moved to Wabash Valley College (J.C.) in Illinois for the 1994-1995 season, before going to Southwest Missouri State in 1996. He moved on to the University of Louisville in 1996-1997, and has served at Austin Peay since 1998. During the summers of 1994-1996, he coached with the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League and was named head coach in 1996. He also served in 1998 as the pitching coach of the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League.