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Miami Redhawks hire Purdue assistant Jack Owens as head men’s basketball coach


Owens comes to Miami from Purdue where he was Associate Head Coach

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University has tabbed Jack Owens to take over the reins of its men’s basketball program, announced by Athletics Director David Sayler on Thursday, March 30. Owens becomes the 27th coach in Miami basketball history.


“I’m extremely excited about becoming the head men’s basketball coach at Miami University,” said Owens. “I would like to thank President Greg Crawford and Athletic Director David Sayler for this opportunity and I look forward to not only rebuilding this championship program, but also making this program one that all Miami alumni can be proud of.”

Jack Owens (courtesy Purdue)


In Owens, Miami acquires a coach that has advanced to postseason play in 13 of the past 17 seasons and went on to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the past 13 years, including four trips to the Sweet 16. He has also helped secure several top recruiting classes, produced NBA talent and developed some of the nation’s top players.


Owens spent the past nine seasons on staff at Purdue University, three as an assistant coach and the last six years as its associate head coach. Since his arrival, the Boilermakers have recorded 209 wins (23.2/year), including 27 during the 2016-17 season, helping Purdue win a Big Ten Regular Season Championship.


In Owens’ nine seasons with Purdue, the Boilermakers have made the NCAA Tournament on seven occasions, advancing to the Sweet 16 three different times.


Owens has helped produce five NBA draft picks, including AJ Hammons and Robbie Hummel and multiple professional basketball players. This past season, he helped guide Caleb Swanigan to national attention, recently being named one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player.


“On behalf of President Crawford, I am pleased to announce Jack Owens as our men’s basketball coach,” said Sayler. “Character, work ethic, recruiting success, player development and a winning pedigree were all traits that made Jack stand out. When you combine all those factors with the understanding of how to win at an institution similar to Miami, in Purdue, it is easy to see why we are excited to have him as our head coach.”


With all of Purdue’s accolades on the court, Owens’ biggest impact for Miami may come on the recruiting trail, especially in the Midwest. A tireless worker, Owens played a significant role in landing Purdue’s first Indiana Mr. Basketball since 1991 in Swanigan for the 2015-16 season. His efforts helped Purdue secure four classes ranked in the top 30 in each of the last four seasons, including the 15th-ranked class in 2013.

Owens came to Purdue after a five-season stint as an assistant at Southern Illinois. In 2003-04, Owens was part of a Southern Illinois team that went 25-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In the next four seasons at SIU, Owens helped guide the Salukis to three more NCAA Tournament berths, a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, a Missouri Valley Conference title and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.

Prior to joining SIU, Owens served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois, during the 2002-03 season, and spent the 2001-02 campaign as an assistant at Barton County Community College, which reached as high as No. 2 in the national polls during the season. Owens began his coaching career as an assistant at Howard Community College during the 2000-01 season, serving as the team’s interim head coach for a portion of the year.

The Indianapolis native began his collegiate playing career at Murray State, and played a season at Howard Community College before playing two seasons at Eastern Illinois. While at EIU, Owens averaged 11.7 points and 6.5 assists per game as a senior, earning honorable mention All-Ohio Valley Conference honors. He also served as team captain during his final campaign, and garnered team MVP and Outstanding Defensive Player honors. During the 1999-00 season, Owens remained a part of the Eastern Illinois program as a student assistant coach.

Owens and his wife, Kamilah, have three daughters, Alanah, Aniyah and Anyah.


Owens will formally be introduced at an 11 a.m. press conference on the court at Millett Hall on Thursday (March 30). The public is invited to this free event.


Owen’s Coaching Timeline


Associate Head Coach (2011-17)

Assistant Coach (2008-10)


Southern Illinois

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (2003-08)


Eastern Illinois

Assistant Coach (2002-03)


Barton Community College

Assistant Coach (2001-02)


Howard Community College

Assistant Coach (2000-01)




Former Dayton Flyers star Anthony Grant a candidate for alma mater’s vacant head basketball coaching job

Anthony Grant (courtesy Alabama)

With the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball job open after Archie Miller took over the Indiana Hoosiers last Saturday, there have been several names being thrown around like there always is when a coveted job is available.

The names surfacing include UD assistant coach Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio coach John Groce, former Wright State coach Billy Donlon, former NBA coach Mark Jackson and Ohio State assistant coach Chris Jent.

But one name all Dayton Flyers fans want to hear and want the job to go to is Anthony Grant.

The popular former Flyers star always endeared fans with his hustle, shot-blocking ability, thundering slam dunks and eventhough he was soft-spoken, was respected by his teammates for his leadership qualities.

Currently an Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Anthony Grant, is a candidate for the Dayton head coaching job. Several people who are close to the Dayton program has said that he is on their list.

The 50-year-old Grant was head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006-2009 with a record of 76-25; Alabama from 2009-2015 with a record of 117-85. The problem at Alabama was that the fans and alumni felt the Crimson Tide under his leadership did not beat Kentucky, Auburn and Florida enough to suit their tastes. He also was an assistant coach under current Oklahoma City Thunder boss Billy Donovan at Florida from 1996-2006.

As a head coach, he coached against Dayton several times.

The 6’6 Grant played at the University of Dayton from 1983 to 1987 guiding them to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to eventual national champion Georgetown. His teammate was the all-time leading scorer at Dayton, Roosevelt Chapman. Another teammate was Sedric Toney. As a sophomore, Grant averaged 10.7 points a game and 6.5 rebounds a game and the Flyers again made it to the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, the 6’5″ Grant moved from power forward to small forward and averaged 7.1 points a game and 4.8 rebounds a contest while the team advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. As a senior, Grant was named a team captain awarded team MVP and the Sharpenter Memorial Rebounding Award after leading the squad in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.0 and 6.0 respectively. In his 105 appearances, Grant registered 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds each time out. Overall at Dayton, he just missed scoring 1,000 points for his career, ending with 902. In 1987, Grant spent a year playing for the Miami Tropics of the United States Basketball League.


**Some info in this story courtesy wikipedia commons**

Archie Miller leaves Dayton after 6 successful years; takes over Indiana Hoosiers team

Archie Miller ( photo)



DAYTON – University of Dayton Vice President and Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan confirmed that Archie Miller, head coach of the Flyer men’s basketball team, has resigned after six years at the helm to accept the same position at Indiana University.
“I want to extend our deepest gratitude and sincere thanks to Archie for an incredible run,” said Sullivan.  “He is a first-class person and coach and has made incredible contributions to our men’s basketball program, the University and the community. He has made a lasting impact on the student-athletes he has served.”

University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina said, “Although the University is saddened by Archie’s departure, we are grateful for his tenacity and the support he provided our student-athletes on and off the court.
“We appreciate Archie’s contributions in strengthening our program and returning it to national visibility, and we wish Archie and Morgan well. This is a great basketball program in a great basketball town and we will hire a great coach to build on that tradition.”

A national search for the position begins immediately.
“We did everything we could to keep Archie at UD, but now our sole focus turns to continuing to build the quality of our nationally competitive program,” said Sullivan. “We will continue to aggressively pursue what the campus and Dayton communities expect from our program – graduating student-athletes, winning conference championships, advancing in the NCAA Tournament and representing this University with integrity and in a first-class manner.”
The UD men’s basketball program has a storied tradition and has continued to write new chapters.
·         It is one of only 19 schools to reach the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in each of the last four years. Others include: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Villanova. 

·         Dayton has posted a perfect 100 Graduation Success Rate in men’s basketball for the past six cohorts.

·         Flyer fans placed Dayton in the Top 30 nationally in men’s basketball attendance for the 20th consecutive season this year. Dayton’s single-season average home attendance of 13,018 in 2016-17 is the best in UD Arena history. In the last 17 years, 99 percent of UD’s home games have drawn at least 10,000 fans. 

·         In its 2016 Top 100 list, Stadium Journey rated UD Arena as the second-best college basketball venue, only behind Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse.

·         This year Dayton was ranked No. 1 by’s “High Five” for having the best traveling fan base in college sports and The Sporting News dubbed them “The Best Fans in the Country”.

Dayton Flyers lose to #18 Wichita State in NCAA Tourney; Seniors leave with school-record 102 wins

2016-17 Atlantic 10 Conference regular season champion Dayton Flyers

INDIANAPOLIS – Scoochie Smith led Dayton with 25 points, but the Flyers fell 64-58 to the No. 19 Wichita State Shockers in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

Kendall Pollard finished with 13 points as the Flyers closed the 2016-17 season 24-8 overall.

Smith, Pollard, Charles CookeKyle Davis and Jeremiah Bonsu finish their Flyer careers as the all-time winningest class in Dayton Basketball history with 102 victories.

FIRST HALF – Dayton 29, Wichita State 27
  • Smith led the way with 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field.
  • The Flyers led 29-24 before the Shockers connected on a last second three to pull within two.
  • UD forced eight Wichita State turnovers, but were out-rebounded 24-16.

SECOND HALF – Wichita State 64, Dayton 58

  • Wichita State regained the lead 41-38 on a 6-0 run with 11:56 to play.
  • After Kendall Pollard ended a field-goal drought of 7:47, the Flyers went another 4:29 without making a shot.
  • The game featured 14 lead changes and 11 ties as neither team built more than a five-point cushion until WSU’s Zach Brown hit a 3-pointer with 5:40 to go for a 51-45 advantage, and Dayton never recovered.
  • Kyle Davis three cut the deficit to 55-51, but the Shockers converted at the free throw line to hang on with the win.


  • Dayton was out-rebounded 48-29 with the Shockers grabbing 13 on the offensive end.
  • Cooke was 1 of 10 from the field, while Xeyrius Williams shot 1 of 9 from the floor.
  • Dayton’s defense did force 16 Wichita State turnovers and limited the Shockers to 6 of 20 (30 percent) from the field.
  • It was just the second loss this year when UD led at the half. The Flyers finish 17-2 when leading at the half.
  • After winning the Atlantic 10 regular season title at home against VCU, the Flyers dropped three straight to close the season.
  • Dayton is one of 19 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.


  • The Flyers will begin the 2017-18 season in November.




2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight is set for Columbus, Ohio; nearby Ashland University Eagles in the mix



Ohio’s Ashland University (34-0) Ranked No. 1 Nationally to Compete for Title in Columbus

Tickets On-Sale Now for Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship Games at Ohio Dominican

COLUMBUS (March 14, 2017) – On Monday, the eight regional champions that will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Elite Eight 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Championship stamped their tickets for Columbus. The will be held at Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio, March 21, 22 and 24.


Ohio Dominican University and the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will serve as hosts. Tickets are on sale now for all three rounds at The eight regional champions advancing to the Women’s Elite Eight were re-seeded by the Women’s Basketball Committee after completion of the regionals.


The national quarterfinal games at Ohio Dominican will be:

  • #3 Columbus State (GA) (31-1) vs. #6 Virginia Union (26-4) | 12:00 p.m.
  • #2 Cal Baptist (34-2) vs. vs. #7 West Florida (28-6) | 2:30 p.m.
  • #1 Ashland (OH) (34-0) vs. #8 West Texas A&M (26-8) | 6:00 p.m.
  • #4 Harding (30-3) vs. #5 Queens (N.Y.) (27-4) | 8:30 p.m.


The semifinal contests will be at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 and broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The championship game will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24, and also air on CBS Sports Network.


Ohio’s Ashland University will look to win its second NCAA national championship in five years in Columbus after winning the Division II women’s basketball title in 2013. The Eagles were the national runner-up in 2012. The program won its third Midwest Regional title in the last six seasons this past Monday, 74-62, over Drury. Ashland’s all-time postseason winning percentage of .783 (18-5) is tied for the best in D-II history with North Dakota State (47-13) among programs with at least 20 games played.

Columbus was awarded this NCAA championship event for the first time in 2013. It will continue a historic stretch with the NCAA as until 2016, no city had hosted all three divisions (Division I, II and III) of the women’s basketball championship consecutively.  Capital University hosted the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball national semifinals at The Capital Center and The Ohio State University will host the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four at Nationwide Arena in 2018.


Ohio Dominican University’s Alumni Hall (courtesy ODU)


GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Bruce Wimbish | Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Laura Brown | Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Scott Miles | Ohio Dominican University; COURTESY NCAA, OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY & GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION


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