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CoachO Profile

1. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Strangest foods would be rattlesnake and alligator, and yeah they taste like a tough piece of chicken!

2. Top 3 books you’ve read: My Top 3 books: 1.) All Quiet on the Western Front, 2.) Shogun, 3.) Run to Daylight

3. As a history teacher, who is the person living or dead who interests you most and why? I have to say Alexander the Great. He never lost a battle, he was a general at 18, a king at 20, a master of the known world at 30 and dead at 32!

4. Who in your opinion was the greatest American ever? Another tough question but I would have to say George Washington, without him there is “NO” United States of America!

5. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? I would love to learn to play guitar, I love all kinds of music but Jimi Hendrix is my hero!

6. If you could travel anywhere in the word, where would you go? I want to see the Great Pyramid at Giza but I could really hang out at the beach at Tahiti!

7. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were a kid? I really wanted to go to West Point and become a general in the United States Army. As a kid I was really into the American Civil War!

8. What is your favorite memory or memories while teaching at Vianney? It has to be the relationships and friendships I’ve made with the students I’ve taught, the athletes I’ve coached, the colleagues and administrators I’ve taught with and learned to love and respect, and the many other people who make Vianney the FAMILY it is today! But a BIG SHOUT OUT to my friend Gene Gladstone who helped me get my chance to teach and coach at Vianney!!

9. What teacher/coach/individual in your life made the most impact on you? I would have to say my father, Don Owens, had the greatest impact in my life, I am who I am today because of him! Next would be my football coach at Mizzou, John Kadlec. He got me interested in wanting to coach football and become a teacher.

10. If you could witness any event of the past, present or future, what would it be? If I could witness in the future the day ALL men realize they are brothers underneath the skin. As Rodney King said, “Why can’t we ALL just get along?” That will be a GREAT DAY for ALL mankind!

11. Why are you passionate about teaching & coaching? I always loved history even as a kid. I was seven when the Civil War Centennial was celebrated and I read everything and anything on the Civil War. From there it just grew into almost anything relating to history! I believe that we cannot know anything about ourselves if we don’t study and understand the past.

Coaching is an extension of my life; my father was a professional football player and he taught my brothers and I the love of competition and teamwork. For me it’s the development of your students and players from freshmen to college to manhood. My greatest moments are watching them do something awesome on the playing field, then graduating and going on to college and continuing to do more awesome things with their lives. Just knowing I have had some part in helping this happen is truly amazing!

12. You are well respected by the faculty and students. Talk a little bit about your teaching/coaching style and philosophy of life. My coaching/teaching style is a combination of my father, my coaches, my teachers, all who helped me make something out of myself. It’s three things: 1.) I have a high expectation of myself and ALL my students and athletes. 2.) I hold myself and ALL my students and athletes accountable for their actions. 3.) Life is tough and you have to be able to overcome obstacles along the way or you just won’t make it. You have to be challenged and become tough both mentally and physically for the future. BE PREPARED: “TRAINED or UNTRAINED?”


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