Jay Owen was named Wittenberg University’s new men’s lacrosse head coach in August 2013.
In his first season at the helm, Owen led Wittenberg to an overall record of 10-5, including a mark of 4-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). The Tigers finished fourth in the 2014 NCAC regular season title chase, earning the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAC Tournament, and Wittenberg followed that with a third-place league finish and NCAC Tournament berth in 2015.
Owen arrived at Wittenberg after a lengthy affiliation with Salisbury University in Maryland, starting as a player from 1994-97 and continuing as an assistant coach for much of the last 15 years. A player on teams that won two national championships and three conference titles, Owen served as an assistant coach for Salisbury teams that won nine Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships and five NCAA Division III national titles between 1999 and 2007.
A native of Brownville, NY, Owen was involved in all facets of the Salisbury program, even while working in private business. During his time as a coach at Salisbury, Owen guided 25 All-Americans, two national Player of the Year award-winners and 10 national position Player of the Year award-winners.
As a student-athlete at Salisbury, Owen earned All-CAC honors in 1996 and 1997, and he earned academic awards from the university and conference following each of his four seasons in the program, in addition to serving as a team captain in 1997. As a player, Owen contributed to a then-NCAA record 47-game winning streak, bested only by Salisbury teams that he coached to 69 wins in a row a decade later.
Owen holds a pair of bachelor’s degrees from Salisbury in communication arts and history. He and his wife Gwen reside in Springfield with their three children, Andrew, Molly and Landon.