2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Owens remembered fondly by Cullen, Hillen

Published: May 14, 2014, 11:22 am, by Joe Paisley

cc trophyThe following is my opinion. Take it for what it’s worth …

Former Colorado College coach Scott Owens may be a forgotten man of late with all the excitement and attention focused on new coach Mike Haviland.

As a member of the media, I play a role in that.

To be clear, this blog post isn’t about debating the merits and demerits of Owens’ tenure or the prospects of the new coach.

Fans and alumni can spend the next several months doing that.

But lest we forget, give Owens successes a moment’s thought and perhaps, appreciate what he accomplished at his alma mater: 16 All-America selections, seven NCAA Tournament berths, three regular-season championships, two Hobey Baker recipients and 28 scholar-athlete honorees.

At the end of telephone interviews, I typically ask if the subject has anything to add.  Sometimes you get info that can invigorate a mundane story or lead to another article.

Former Tigers Mark Cullen and Jack Hillen both love the Haviland hire but made a point of crediting Owens, longtime assistant Joe Bonnett and former assistant Norm Bazin for their work with them.

Cullen played his freshmen year for former coach Don Lucia and played three seasons for Owens.

“I think Scott did a great job,” he said. “I saw a lot of progression while I played for Scott. He was a very successful coach there. People should not forget that.”

Jack Hillen recognized how a seven-win season can overshadow earlier accomplishments but he remains grateful for his time at CC.

“I owe a lot to Scott Owens,” Hillen said. “I have a lot of respect for what Scott was able to do.”

We all should.