Mark Owens is in his 14th year overseeing Middle Tennessee’s athletic communications office as an associate athletic director.
Since his arrival on campus in 1998, Owens has been instrumental in doubling the size of the athletic communications staff, improving the quality and quantity of the department’s publications, and overseeing the launch of the award-winning official athletics Web site. The Tennessee Sports Writers Association voted Owens’ 2001 Blue Raider football media guide best in the state of Tennessee. In 2002, Owens engineered Middle Tennessee’s first-ever Heisman Trophy campaign with Dwone Hicks, an effort that garnered the University national attention. A total of 46 All-American honors have been given to student-athletes during Owens’ tenure at Middle Tennessee.
A 1989 graduate of Virginia Tech, Owens spent seven years at the University of Memphis as associate media relations director. He joined the U of M staff in 1991 and handled the publicity and promotion of Tiger basketball while also assisting with football. In addition, Owens was responsible for the design and layout of football and basketball media guides that won numerous awards including two national honors.
Owens, a native of Stuart, Virginia, was responsible for the promotional campaigns that landed All-America honors for Anfernee Hardaway, David Vaughn, Lorenzen Wright, and Cedric Henderson. His promotional penny design for Hardaway in 1993 earned national acclaim. Owens also helped promote Tech athletes Will Furrer (for academic All-America honors) and basketball standout Bimbo Coles.
Owens, who was the local media relations director for the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Basketball Tournament, has also served as assistant media coordinator for three conference basketball tournaments and the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
A member of CoSIDA, Owens served on the group’s radio and television liaison committee from 1997 to 1998. He is a member of the University Relations committee at Middle Tennessee and the Athletic Department’s scholarship committee.
In April of 2005, Owens was honored by the All-American Football Foundation with the Scoop Hudgins Outstanding Sports Information Director award.
Owens is married to the former Tara Young from Murfreesboro. Owens has a son, Tanner, who is 14 years old, and two stepdaughters, Leah and Ashley.
Updated June 2012