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Heather M. Owen

Heather M. Owen’s athletics career took her around the globe, however, the Idaho native still lights up when asked about her home state. Born in 1976, Owen grew up in Moscow, Idaho and is proud to have competed for the Russell Elementary School Rams, the Moscow Junior High School Cubs, and the Moscow High School Bears. During her time as a Moscow Bear (1991-1994), Owen participated in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. The Moscow High School volleyball team placed third in the A-2 State Championship during Owen’s senior year, the basketball team won the A-2 State Championship three consecutive years (1992-1994), and the track and field team won the A-2 State Championship in 1992. Owen earned a number of individual honors during her time as a Moscow Bear, including,

  • National Honor Society member
  • Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) All-American (1993, 1994)
  • Idaho’s Gatorade Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
  • Idaho High School A-2 Player of the Year (1993, 1994)
  • Converse’s Idaho Player of the Year (1994)
  • Kodak All-America Team (1994)
  • Second Team Parade Magazine All-American (1994)
  • Second Team All-American by Street & Smith’s (1994)
  • Third Team USA Today All-American (1994)
  • Earned seven titles at Idaho State Track and Field Championships (1992-1994)

o Shot Put, Discus, High Jump, and 400 Meter Relay Team Champion (1992)

o Shot Put and Discus Champion (1993)

o Shot Put Champion (1994)

  • Remains the Idaho State record holder in the shot put (48’1) and the Moscow

High School record holder in the discus (140’).

  • Gatorade Circle of Champions Track and Field Idaho Athlete of the Year (1994)

Upon graduation from Moscow High School in 1994, Owen began her career at Stanford University (1994- 1998), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. During her time on the Farm, Owen played four years on the women’s basketball team and earned Pacific-10 (Pac- 10) Conference All-Academic honors, as well as, Stanford Athletics Department Honor Roll recognition. Owen’s teams won four Pac-10 Conference Championships while appearing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament all four years, including three Final Four appearances. During her collegiate career, Owen also competed for USA Basketball on the West Olympic Festival Team (1995) and the U.S. Select Team (1996). After graduation from Stanford, Owen was drafted by the Portland Power of the American Basketball League (ABL) (1998); played a season in Rennes, France for Avenir de Rennes of the French Federation of Basketball (1999); and spent two seasons with the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) (1999, 2000). Owen retired from professional basketball in 2001, earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2003, and is currently the Senior Associate Athletics Director, Development, at Stanford University. Owen credits her family for their unwavering support and guidance through the many ups and downs and life lessons imparted through sport. Her late father, Glenn, was her strongest advocate and ally; her mother, Sandra, is her biggest fan and attended the majority of her athletics contests (all while raising a family and working fulltime); and her brother, Drew, refused to cut her any slack and taught her that anything is possible. Owen is honored and humbled by her selection to the Idaho Sports Hall of Fame, and wishes to thank all those who shared in the journey (family, teammates, coaches, staff, and fans).

 

Ken Owens

Although he spent just two years at Idaho after transferring from Treasure Valley Community College in 1980, Kenny Owens helped the Vandals reach new heights in basketball during his short time in Moscow. Owens led the Vandals to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances and vaulted Idaho into its first and only Sweet 16 appearance. Idaho won the Big Sky title both seasons with Owens at guard, and went 52-7 in his two years. He averaged 14.6 points a game and shot 50.6 percent in those two seasons, capping his career as the 1981-82 Big Sky Player of the Year.

Sid Otton

Lewiston native Sid Otton has more victories than any other high school football coach in the State of Washington with 300 victories in 2007 and still counting.  A 1962 graduate of Lewiston High School he played football for two members of the Idaho Hall of Fame, Bud Riley and Dwight Church.

Sid then attended Boise State fro two years and was voted Most Valuable Lineman.  He played his junior and senior years at Weber State University in Utah and was team co-captain, Most Valuable Lineman and Defensive Player of the Year, All Big Sky Conference and second team Little All American.

He started his coaching career in 1967 at Couperville, Washington.  He attended the University of Utah from 1969 to 1970 where he received his Masters Degree and was freshman football coach.  From 1970 to 1974 he was head football coach and assistant basketball coach at Colfax, Washington.  His unbeaten 1971 team was voted by the Associated Press as state champions before the stat playoffs started. In 1974 he became head football coach at Tumwater High School.  His football teams have won four state championships and have been a semi-finalist four other times in their seventeen trips to the state playoffs.

Some of his many awards are Weber State and Washington coaches Halls of Fame, Seattle KTV-5 Coaches Who Made a Difference Award, Paul Harris Rotary Club Award, the Champion of Kids Award, and the Olympia Lifetime Achievement Award.

He met his wife Marjean at Weber State and they were married in 1966.  They have three children, sons Tim and Brad and daughter Tana.  Are three were active in sports at Tumwater High School and have blessed Sid and Marjean with seven grandchildren.

 

John Owen

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Dan O’Brien

Known in the 1990’s as “The World’s Greatest Athlete,” O’Brien was a track and field star at Idaho in 1989 when he earned All-America honors in the 55-meter hurdles with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. O’Brien’s specialty was the multi-events, though. That same year, O’Brien scored a school- and Big Sky-record 7,988 points in the decathlon to earn both the Big Sky Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors. After leaving Idaho, O’Brien went on to be the world’s best decathlete for the next 10 years. He earned a record six No. 1 world rankings, three world decathlon championships, a 1996 Olympic gold medal and a spot in the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame. U of I has since named their track and field complex in his name.