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Former Instructor/Football Coach Bob Owens Passes Away

Bob Owens, 77, who retired from Pasadena City College in 2011 after 21 years of service as a coach and physical education instructor, died Monday due to complications from throat cancer. 

Owens played on the 1956 PCC football team before earning a scholarship to play and attend Fresno State University. After coaching at the high school level at San Joaquin, Colton and Hemet Highs, Owens moved on to become an assistant football coach and administrator at Arizona State (1965-79). 

At ASU, Owens made it a point to bring in at least one transfer a year from PCC in each of his 13 seasons there. Owens coached NFL Hall of Fame defensive back Mike Haynes, one of 25 players he instructed that went on to play professional football.

In 1979, Owens was a part of a major national story when he was named interim head coach of the Sun Devils following the dismissal of legendary head coach Frank Kush for allegedly punching a player during a game. Owens led the Sun Devils for their final seven games that season. Owens went on to become an assistant under another PCC alumnus Harvey Hyde for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas from 1982-84. 

Owens returned to his alma mater at PCC in 1991 as an assistant coach on then head coach Dennis Gossard's staff. The '92 team won the Rose City Classic Bowl and finished the year with a 10-1 overall record (included a forfeit victory). Owens went on to assist on the staffs of Gossard, Chuck Lyon (1995), and Tom Maher for 10 seasons serving various roles including linebackers coach. 

Owens continued his job as an instructor in the Kinesiology, Health & Athletics division as he taught many health classes. He practiced what he preached as he participated in many triathlons and duathlons, which were combinations of jogging, swimming and bicycle riding. He was a member of the U.S. National Triathlon team in the 70s-and-over division.

Coach Owens made a short video upon his retirement on June 24, 2011. You can view the video at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4Z79DL6EeI

Release Date: 11/05/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu