Southwestern Christian University’s all-time leading basketball scorer will take his place in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in an announcement made by Mark Arthur, the school’s vice-president for intercollegiate athletics.
Roman Owen will be inducted during the formal ceremony on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at the annual alumni banquet.
Owen, a graduate of Okarche High School, was a four-year starter for SCU from 2003-2008. He finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,802 points and averaged right at 17.7 points a game during his career. His teams combined for a 91- 67 overall record.
He was a three-time All-American and led the Eagles to three NCCAA national tournament berths in 2006, 2007, and 2008 including national runner up in each of the last two seasons. He was recognized as the winner of the Pete Maravich Player-of-the-Year award given to the outstanding NCCAA student-athlete in Division II Men's Basketball as a senior. The award requires its recipients to have excellence in competition, skill, academics and Christian service during his career. The nominee must be a senior in good academic standing who possesses a vital Christian testimony both on and off the court. He must exhibit outstanding leadership qualities and be highly skilled in the sport of basketball.
Owen who is now in his second year as the video coordinator on the University of Oklahoma women’s basketball staff under Sherri Coale was honored with his selection to the SCU Hall of Fame.
“It is a tremendous honor to be inducted into the SCU Hall of fame,” Owen said. “The school holds a very special place in my heart. My time playing for Coach Arthur was some of the very best years of my life. He was a great coach who allowed us to grow and learn on and off the court.”
Owen received his degree in Biblical Studies from SCU in 2007 and later earned a master’s degree in Education at Central Oklahoma.
He went on to spend two years as the men’s assistant coach at Oklahoma City University before taking over the women’s head coaching duties at Mid-America Christian University in 2010. Owen was just 25 years old at the time. He led the Evangels to increasing amount of wins each of his three seasons while building a foundation for their success in the future in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
He and his wife, Natalie, have been married for six years. Natalie is also a graduate of SCU.
The SCU Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have made a significant impact to the university and its Athletics Department. The Hall of Fame selection committee, comprised of SCU Athletic Staff and Alumni, meets each fall to determine if selections for the Hall of Fame are warranted.
The following is the list of inductees thus far.
Class of 2005
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