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Griz Assistant Takes Same Role at Oregon State

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Freddie Owens' goal is to one day be the coach of a Division 1 program. And he took one step closer to that goal accepting an assistant coaching position at Oregon State.

"This is the goal to continually move up the ladder and it's pretty bitter sweet because we have built some pretty great relationships around town here but now it's on to the next thing and the next chapter of our lives and we're very excited about it," said Freddie Owens.

Owens was the longest tenured assistant coach for the Griz and he says the four years he spent in Missoula were truly amazing.

"It's been a privilege to be here, we have had a lot of success and been able to do some great things here and looking back on it my four years in Montana have been huge for my development as a coach," said Owens.

Griz Head Coach Wayne Tinkle says Owens will be missed but that he's always excited when his assistants get a chance to move up the coaches totem pole.

"Yea it's great I know that Freddie has been looking to take that next step up and , he landed at Oregon State and worked his tail off for us for four years and won a lot of games in his time here. So I am excited for he and Carmen to get a chance to go to the PAC 12 a little bigger conference and see what he can get done there," said Tinkle.

Owens will get to move to a bigger conference in the PAC 12 which means better pay and competition, as well as maybe a chance to meet the President as Oregon State's Head Coach is Craig Robinson, the brother of Michelle Obama.

"It would be a neat experience but there are so many things that are going through my mind right now, first and foremost is how I can help the program and Coach Robinson win games and if I happen to meet the first family than the better.

Owens and his wife Carmen will make the move to Corvallis at the end of July.

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