Ashland University announced today that head football coach Lee Owens has accepted a multi-year contract extension.
"I am especially pleased to extend Coach Lee Owens' contract," said AU President Dr. Fred Finks. "Lee is an exceptional human being and a great coach. He is a great mentor and model of what a professional leader should be and holds his athletes to the highest of standards. He is the standard for Ashland University athletics."
Owens has spent eight seasons on the AU sideline. Twice he has guided the Eagles to the NCAA Division II playoffs. He is the only football coach in school history to direct the Eagles to the postseason twice and he is the lone football coach in Ashland history to win a postseason game. Owens is 55-33 at AU.
"I am extremely pleased that Coach Owens has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to continue to lead our football team," said AU director of athletics Bill Goldring. "Lee has taken our program to places we have never been before and he is a great leader for Ashland football. We couldn't be happier with our football program and are excited about the future under his guidance."
"Every job I've ever taken, I've said it will be my last job," said Owens. "I might be right this time. I really enjoy the people on the campus, the people I work with and the guys I coach. I really don't think we've had a chance yet to experience the way this program can explode. I'm really looking forward to the future because of the way things have gone with recruiting and with retention. I'm looking forward to great things with this program. I want to see this through to the end."
The Eagles open the 2012 season at home on Aug. 30, against Indianapolis. Owens says that it's hard to believe he will be beginning his ninth season this fall.
"You get caught up in it," he explained. "It doesn't seem like nine years, it really doesn't. At the same time, I'm as excited to get up and come to work as I was the first day I was hired. It's never been a grind."