Nine Conference Titles | Three All-Americans
Lisa H. Owens took over both the Centre College men's and women's cross country teams in 1998 after coaching only the women in 1997. Owens graduated from Berea College in 1996 where she earned a bachelors degree in Physical Education and a minor in Nutrition. She earned a masters degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000. While at Berea, Owens earned varsity letters in cross country, track, and tennis. The three-time high school state track champion also once held nine school records in track at Berea. In 1995, Owens was invited to compete on the NAIA International Track & Field team where she toured and competed in Europe. Following the 2008 Cross Country season Owens was named both the 2008 SCAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year. She has been named the South/Southeast Regional Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Owens is also the Head men's and women's track coach.
In 2011 Owens was named the KTCCCA College Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year after winning Centre's first conference championship since 1994 and guiding the Colonels to their first NCAA Championship appearance in program history.
In 2014, Owens swept the Southern Athletic Association Cross Country Coach of the Year awards after guiding her men's and women's cross country teams to their respective third and fourth consecutive conference championships. Owens also was named the 2014 SAA Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year after winning the conference title.
The 2017 season saw Owens capture her fifth women's cross country conference championship and third SAA title since the inception of the league in 2012. Owens has also coached three women's cross country All-Americans, including Serena Gale-Butto in 2016 and Annie Rodenfels in 2017.
Coach Owens plans on continuing and improving upon the success of both cross country programs. "Our runners are very talented and dedicated to this sport that they love; they are also some of the top academic students in the nation, which makes for a great combination. I will work hard to continue to recruit the right student athletes that will meet our need both in the classroom and on the course."
Coach Owens married her husband Scott in June of 1998. They have one daughter Meghan and one son Cameron.