Former Colorado College assistant Scott Owens appears to be the frontrunner for the Tigers’ vacant head coaching position, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported earlier this week.
Officially, the university is looking at two candidates — Owens and New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile — but sources say that Owens, currently head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers, is the favorite.
“We narrowed it down to a very short list,” CC athletic director Marty Scarano told the Gazette after meeting with the school’s five-member advisory committee. Scarano then identified Owens and Umile as the two candidates now under consideration.
Owens, a 1979 alumnus who played goal for the Tigers, was associate head coach under Don Lucia from 1993-95.
He made clear his interest, saying “I love CC. I bleed for that school. … I’ve got a great situation in Des Moines, and the people are wonderful. But part of my heart is still with Colorado College. It would be a great opportunity, after all Don has done there.”
Owens’ record with Des Moines is 205-97-10 over four seasons.