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Anthony Owens Takes Over Argos Men's Basketball Program

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"Welcome home Anthony, we're glad you're back," said UGF President, Dr. Eugene McAllister.

Anthony Owens is back home. After playing for at UGF from 2003-2005. The 32 year old is now the Argos 7th men's head basketball coach in program history and is excited for his opportunity.

"I'm really excited and a little nervous. First head coaching gig and I've been busting my hump to get to here and now that I am, I can't believe it," said Owens.

It might be his first head coaching job, but Owens certainly has coaching experience… most recently as an assistant for 5 years at D-1 Portland State in the Big Sky where he built a reputation for his ability to recruit players.

"He has ties to Arizona, California, Portland, Seattle, Utah and so he's going to be able to bring kids in from all over the west. He's going to be able to find those kids that maybe slip through the cracks of division one schools. That's where we're going to have to be successful in Frontier Conference. You need to be able to get out and recruit to do that and there's no question he has the ability to do that," said bill Himmelberg.

Owens wants players that can win on the court. But more importantly, he wants players with character so they can win in life.

"Character is the number one thing that I'll look to when bringing guys in to here. If they don't have character, they can't play for me. I think at the end of the day, to win, not just on the court but in life, you have to have the character. And if you don't, then you're not going to be successful," said Owens.

"The past few years we've lacked that a little bit and I think instilling that character on and off the court and in the classroom and all that type of thing is important for us and our team," said UGF Guard T.J. Harris.

Owens has now come full circle, from player to coach. He might be in a different role but happy to once again call Great Falls home.

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