Entering his third season as an assistant coach on Bruce Burnett's staff is Scott Owen who came aboard in October of 2005. Owen came to Navy from Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., where he helped lead the Huskies to national recognition on the mats. He served as as a volunteer and assistant coach at the MAC school from 2003-05, where he helped coach seven NCAA Championship qualifiers.
A 2008 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling hopeful and member of the New York Athletic Club, he continues his training to become a member of the USA Olympic Team in Beijing, China. In the past year, Owen was a Freestyle World Team Trials qualifier at 74 kilograms and has been ranked as high as third in the country.
He placed fifth at the 2007 Ivan Yariguine International held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and is considered one of the toughest tournaments in the world. Additionally, he finished fifth at the 2007 U.S. Nationals, while ranking among the top five at the U.S. World Team Trials.
Last October, Owen knocked off Tyrone Lewis in the semifinals of the 2006 Sunkist International Open, 1-1, 2-0. Lewis was ranked No. 2 in the U.S. and was the 2006 World Team Trials Runner-up and World Team Alternate. In the gold-medal match, Owen faced Kirk White who was the 2005 Team Trials Runner-up and World Team Alternate. White was also the the No. 2-ranked wrestler at 74 KG in 2005. Owen made it a clean sweep with a 1-1, 0-1, 4-0 victory over White to claim the title.
As a collegiate wrestler at Northern Illinois, Owen was a four-time NCAA qualifier and two-time All-American, placing fifth at 157 pounds in 2002 and 2003. He was the nation's top-ranked wrestler during the 2002-03 season and was a three-time Mid-American Conference champion. He ended his career as the all-time wins leader in Northern Illinois history and is just one of three Northern Illinois wrestlers to finish his career as a two-time All-American.
Owen came to Northern Illinois as a three-time New Mexico state champion and was a two-time member of the ASICS All-American Team in 1996 and 1997.
He also excelled in the classroom, where he graduated for NIU with a 3.63 GPA in biological sciences with an emphasis in pre-med and a minor in chemistry. He was a two-time member of the NWCA First-team Academic All-America Team and was named to the Verizon / CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team in 2002. He was a four-time Dean's List honoree and a five-time Northern Illinois Victory Scholar, which is awarded to athletes with a 3.5 GPA or higher. He is on schedule to earn his master's degree in sport management from Northern Illinois in December of 2007.