James Donald “Jim” Owens

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James Donald “Jim” Owens

  • Birth 6 Mar 1927 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 6 Jun 2009 Bigfork, Flathead County, Montana, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 38011173

College Football Coach, Professional Football Player. He was the head football coach at the University of Washington from 1957 to 1974, and the school's athletic director from 1960 to 1969. During his 18 year coaching tenure at Washington, he compiled a record of 99 wins, 82 losses, and 6 ties. He led the Huskies to three Rose Bowl appearances, defeating Wisconsin 44-8 (1960), Minnesota 17-7 (1961) and a 17-7 loss to Illinois in the 1964 bowl classic. His team's defeat of the number one ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 1961 Rose Bowl gave the Huskies an unofficial claim to the college football national championship. Prior to his arrival in Seattle he served as an assistant coach at Kentucky and Texas A&M under the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant. He attended the University of Oklahoma as a player from 1946 to 1949, where he was the team's captain and earned All-American honors. Following graduation he played briefly in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts and served as a part time assistant at John Hopkins University. He retired as head coach of the Washington Huskies following the 1974 season. He was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1979, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

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  • Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
  • Added: 6 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38011173
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Donald “Jim” Owens (6 Mar 1927–6 Jun 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38011173, ; Maintained by Nils M. Solsvik Jr. (contributor 46486439) Unknown.