Owens named Head Basketball Coach at Columbia Basin College

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Former Portland State assistant Anthony Owens has been named the new Head Men’s Basketball coach of Columbia Basin College.

Owens comes to Columbia Basin after previously serving as an assistant coach at the University of Texas at Tyler. At UT Tyler, he played an integral role on player development while helping with recruiting for the Patriots. Prior to UT Tyler, Owens was an assistant at Portland State University for five years before taking the head coaching job at the University of Great Falls in Montana (now Providence University).

“I am excited to begin here at CBC. The Tri-Cities area is full of talent that allows us to be successful and getting a chance to coach a group of guys that want to get better and move on is a great opportunity” said Owens. 

During his time in the Pacific Northwest, Owens has recruited the NWAC extensively. While at Portland State, he helped land 2010 NWAC MVP Chehales Tapscott among a handful of other standouts for the Vikings. 

“With stops in his career at the NAIA,DII and DI levels, he has extensive college experience both as a coach and as a recruiter.” said Athletic Director Scott Rogers. “He’s been in a lot of different environments and we’re excited to have his wealth of knowledge at Columbia Basin College.”

Owens takes over for interim coach Bryan Edwards, who lead the 2019-2020 team to an improved season while moving three players to the 4-year level. Edwards will remain on the staff moving forward as a lead assistant. “I want to play fast and have an attack mindset, but I also want take the great recruiting class and sophomores Coach Edwards has brought in and put them in the best situation to be successful.” Owens exclaimed.

The 2020-2021 season may have a slightly different look to it, but Owens will be in position to grow the program and help players move on to the next level for years to come.


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