Owens resigns after 15 seasons as Colorado College coach

Scott Owens (center) coached Colorado College for 15 seasons (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

Colorado College coach Scott Owens has resigned after 15 seasons as coach at Colorado College, the school announced on Sunday.

The school said that Owens and athletic director Ken Ralph agreed after a postseason review that it was time for Owens to step down.

“I have been fortunate to have had the best job in college hockey for the past 15 seasons. It is time for a new coach to enjoy working with our players,” Owens said in a statement released by the school. “I appreciate the support and encouragement I have received during my tenure and I hope the new leader of the team will be treated with the same respect. This is a tremendous institution and I am proud of what we accomplished here. I will always be a Tiger.”

According to The Gazette beat writer Joe Paisley:

Owens, who did not attend the banquet and was unavailable for comment, contacted athletic director Ken Ralph of his decision a few hours before the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program’s annual team awards banquet. Ralph notified the players and athletic department staff members as they arrived for the luncheon at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel that afternoon.

Owens, 58, was 324-228-54 in 15 seasons behind the bench at his alma mater but the Tigers struggled in their first season in the NCHC. They finished seventh in the league and had an overall 7-24-6 record. Colorado College made the NCAA tournament seven times in Owens’ tenure, including a Frozen Four appearance in 2005.

His teams won WCHA regular season championships in 2003, 2005 and 2008, and he coached a pair of Hobey Baker Award winners — Peter Sejna in 2003 and Marty Sertich in 2005.

In December 2011, Owens agreed to an undisclosed contract extension. The Gazette reported that there were two years remaining on Owens’ contract after this season.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Owens quietly amassed 324 wins during his 15 years at CC. His teams from about 2002 to 2005 were fabulous to watch. A true gentleman and ambassador to college hockey.

    • I’d love to see GG come here, but I can’t imagine a scenario where CC can pay the salary he’d need. He’s with the lightning now and even before that made far more than CC paid.

      • Another GG who would be a great fit at CC: Guy Gawdowsky, head coach at Penn State and CC alum. Maybe George Gwozdecky likes his role in Tampa and coaching at the pro level. I would imagine if CC can find an alum who is qualified, that would be their preference. The ability to field a winning Men’s Ice Hockey team will also help fill that beautiful home arena they have.

        • Yeah, he did an outstanding job at Princeton with what he had… evidenced by what they’ve done since… 0. Alumn or not, I just can’t see him giving up on the tremendous opportunity he has at PSU so soon.

          • As a season ticket holder, my vote would be to try and get Mike Guentzel back. He coached at CC, son played at CC, coached great gopher teams, has crazy recruiting connections and he’s got to be ready to try a head coaching role.

  2. Coach Gwozdecky would make it a incredible story. Love to see him back in Colorado. ANY program would benefit from a guy like him. Could you imagine the DU-CC rivalry then!

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