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  Ted Owens  
    • Coached at KU for 19 seasons and posted a 384-182 record
    • Led his team to the NCAA Tournament seven times
    • Was named the 1978 National Coach of the Year
      Owens, Ted
      Inducted 2009

      Born: July 16, 1929 – Hollis, Oklahoma

      Graduated: Hollis (Okla.) H.S., 1947; University of Oklahoma, 1951


      One of only eight head coaches in the tradition-rich history of University of Kansas basketball, Ted L. Owens coached the Kansas Jayhawks for 19 seasons (1964-83) and posted a 348-182 record for a winning percentage of .657.

      Coaching Career at KU

      Ted Owens guided Kansas to six Big Eight conference championship and seven times to the NCAA Tournament.  He is second all time at KU behind Phog Allen in years coached at the school and third in victories behind Allen and Roy Williams. A five-time Big Eight Coach of the Year and 1978 national coach of the year, Owens coached five All-Americans at KU: JoJo White, Dave Robisch, Bud Stallworth, Darnell Valentine, and Walter Wesley.  Under Owens, the Jayhawks reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 five times and the Elite Eight three times.  His 1971 team was the first undefeated team in Big-8 history (14-0), winning both conference and tournament titles, and finished with an overall record of 27-3. Owens finished his career at Kansas with nine Big Eight Tournament titles.

      Playing Career & Coaching Beyond KU

      A three-year letterman at the University of Oklahoma, Owens set the OU field goal percentage record in 1951. Owens honed his coaching skills at Cameron State Junior College in Lawton, Okla., where his teams advanced to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson three times in four years. He was named an assistant coach under Dick Harp in 1960 and was named the head coach in 1964. Following his career at Kansas, Owens was the head coach for two years at Oral Roberts University.


      Owens was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in August 2009 and is a member of the University of Kansas Athletic Hall of Fame.


      Click here to see Ted's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech