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Head Coach Larry Owens
Larry Owens, a former Major League Baseball draft pick who has an extensive and distinguished background in college and professional baseball, was hired as Bellarmine University’s head baseball coach in September of 2013. Owens has brought a wealth of baseball knowledge to the Knights after spending the previous two decades as a professional and college coach.
Under Owens, Bellarmine earned its second-straight trip to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in 2016. The Knights finished 15-11 in league play and captured third place in the GLVC East. In the conference tourney, BU defeated No. 18 Quincy in the opening round. Under Owens' tutelage, Hunter Spencer was named GLVC Pitcher of the Year one season after throwing 9.0 total innings.
In 2015, Owens led Bellarmine to 28 victories overall, a nine-game improvement over 2014. He guided the Knights to 20 wins in the GLVC, which was twice as many as BU recorded the previous season. Bellarmine earned a trip to the conference tournament after finishing third in the GLVC East. Austin Crutcher was named the GLVC Player of the Year, an honorable-mention All-American by the NCBWA and first-team All-Midwest Region by the NCBWA, Daktronics and the ABCA.
Owens joined the Knights after working the previous seven seasons as a minor league pitching coach in the Chicago White Sox organization with the Kannapolis Intimidators (2007-10) of the South Atlantic League and the Bristol Sox (2011-13) of the Appalachian League.
Prior to his time with the White Sox, Owens was an area scout for the Boston Red Sox (2006) and a pitching coach for the Independent Professional Baseball League’s San Diego Surf Dawgs (2005), who captured a Golden League championship and were managed by former Major League All-Star catcher Terry Kennedy. Owens was part of a team that included future MLB Hall of Fame outfielder Rickey Henderson, who is often considered the best leadoff man in history and played that summer for the Surf Dawgs.
Prior to his nine years of professional baseball service, Owens coached college baseball for 11 years, nine of which were spent at Division-I institutions. He worked at the University of Memphis from 2001-04 under former big leaguer Dave Anderson, who also managed in the minor leagues and coached in the majors. Owens spent two seasons each as the pitching coach at the University of Louisville (1996-97) and Austin Peay State University (1999-00). He also had coaching tenures at Missouri State University and Wabash Valley College.
Owens is no stranger to the summer circuit of college baseball either. He was the pitching coach for the Falmouth Commodores (1997) of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League and, before that, spent three summers with the Rochester Honkers serving as pitching coach in 1994-95 and manager in 1996.
Owens’ prep career was played in close proximity to Bellarmine at Jeffersonville High School in Indiana. Playing for Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame Coach Don Poole, Owens earned honorable-mention All-State status as a senior and played in the annual North/South all-star game series. He was also a member of Team Indiana, which won a round-robin tournament against Team Illinois, Team California and Team Wisconsin at Milwaukee County Stadium, former home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Following his high school career, Owens played at Bellarmine for one season and was teammates with current BU Director of Athletics Scott Wiegandt. He then transferred to Vincennes University, where he received his associate’s degree and played for Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Blemker. Owens played his final two seasons of college baseball at Armstrong Atlantic State University and was a member of the 1989 team that advanced to the Division II World Series.
Following his senior season, Owens was a 27th-round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves. He played briefly for the Pulaski Braves in the Appalachian League before beginning his coaching career.
Owens and wife Kelley reside in Jeffersonville and have four children: McKenna, Dawson, Grayson and Easton.