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By Greg Lee
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The second generation of Owens has arrived in Greater Spokane League wrestling.
Tommy Owen, a three-time state champion and state runner-up
at University, has been named head coach at
Owen wrestled for his uncle, Don, at U-Hi. His father, John,
coached for six years at CV and has been at
“When you have a dad like I have, it’s almost like cheating because he paved the road for you,” Tommy, 27, said. “This is a real good opportunity. I’ve worked hands on with the seniors. They were freshmen in my dad’s last year at CV. So I know the kids a little bit.”
Owen is completing work toward a master’s degree in special education. He’s also finishing work toward his teaching endorsement.
“Tommy obviously has an excellent background,” CV activities director Butch Walter said. “He comes from a solid wrestling background and family.”
Owen wrestled three years at the
“It’s an excellent opportunity and great program,” Owen’s father, John, said. “I’m pleased that my son would follow my career. I can’t tell you how proud I am of that. Hopefully he’s learned from his dad’s success and hopefully from his dad’s mistakes.”
Tommy takes over a program that will go head to head with
his alma mater for
“He’s ready to take on a head coaching job,” Don said. “He interacts well with kids. He’ll be a great coach for them.”
Tommy can’t wait to get started.
“Usually you always have the first year nervousness,” he said. “Going into this I feel completely comfortable. I think I have a handle on it and know what I’m going to get from the kids and the parents. I’m excited to be coaching in the GSL. It’s so competitive, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to get into the GSL. The league is full of really good coaches. And there’s not one coach in the Valley that’s not a very successful coach. Some of the best wrestling in the state is in the GSL.”