COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Scott Owens, head ice hockey coach at Colorado College, has announced he will step down from his coaching position effective immediately.
Owens and Athletics Director Ken Ralph agreed upon conclusion of their annual post-season 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. "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."
Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler expressed her gratitude for CC hockey players' success in the classroom as well as on the ice.
"The academic achievement of our student athletes always comes first, and under Coach Owens our players were consistently honored for their performance as students," Tiefenthaler said. "I am grateful to Scott for keeping academics a top priority and supporting our players in their studies."
During Owens' tenure, 15 players earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete distinction a total of 27 times from 2005-2013. This year, the first for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, 17 players were named to the NCHC's inaugural Academic All-Conference Team.
"We are thankful to Coach Owens for his years of dedicated service as our head hockey coach," said Ralph. "His accomplishments during this time behind the bench for the Tigers speak for themselves."
Over previous years with Owens at the helm, the Tigers claimed three regular-season championships in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and earned seven appearances in the NCAA tournament, including a trip to the Frozen Four in 2005 and a return to the quarterfinals in 2011. From 2005-06 to 2012-13, the team had 16 All-America selections and two Hobey Baker Award recipients. Owens' overall 15-year record at CC is 324-228-54.
Owens, a 1979 graduate of Colorado College who served as a goaltender for the Tigers for four years when he was a student, is the longest-tenured coach in the team's history.
The Tigers finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 7-24-6. The season ended March 16 with a 4-3 loss to University of North Dakota in Game 3 of the NCHC's inaugural first-round playoff series.