Emily Owens is in her third season as an Assistant Coach at Memphis after spending two seasons as an assistant basketball coach and senior women's administrator at Kentucky Wesleyan College. At Memphis, Owens is responsible for serving as the team liaison with Academic Athletic Services and for overseeing the tape exchange program.
"We're really fortunate to have Emily join our staff," Savage said. "She knows all the facets of running a basketball program, from recruiting to all the administrative stuff that goes on to keep both our team and our staff organized."
At Kentucky Wesleyan, Owens helped a team that finished 5-22 in her first year improve to 12-15 the following season. She was responsible for the team's scouting, film exchange and study hall coordination, in addition to helping in fundraising and camps. She also served on the KWC compliance committee and as the faculty advisor for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Under her guidance, KWC's women's basketball team had the highest team GPA on campus with a 3.53. She also taught in the Kentucky Wesleyan physical education department.
Owens was a student-athlete at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where she helped the women's basketball team to the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen in 1999 after they won the American Southwest Conference Championship. A native of Celina, Texas, Owens received her bachelor's degree in 2000 from Hardin-Simmons while serving as a student-assistant coach at her alma mater.
Following Hardin-Simmons, Owens took a position as a graduate assistant coach at Life University, an NAIA program that ranked No. 1 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinals. Following her time in Marietta, Ga., with Life University, Owens joined the staff at Mercer University as a graduate assistant coach under current East Carolina women's coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener, where she coordinated team travel, assisted in scouting and coaching and conducted pre-season conditioning and game day operations duties.
Following one year at Mercer, Owens returned westward to serve as a graduate assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Ark. There, she again coordinated film exchange, assisted with on-court coaching, recruiting and scouting and oversaw the student managers. She left Ouachita Baptist to join the staff at Kentucky Wesleyan, completing her master's degree in Sports Administration from Henderson State in December of 2004.