Lamar Owens
Lamar  Owens
A-Backs/Special Teams Coordinator

Alma Mater:
Maryland, 2008


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Lamar Owens is in his 10th season overall at Georgia Tech and his eighth season as A-backs coach. He added special teams coordinator to his responsibilities in 2016.

Under Owens’ tutelage last season, Georgia Tech A-backs Clinton Lynch, Qua Searcy and J.J. Green amassed 1,555 yards from scrimmage (842 rushing, 713 receiving) on just 137 touches (108 rushes, 29 receptions) — good for a gaudy 11.4 yards per touch.

Lynch was especially impressive, leading Georgia Tech in both yards per reception (30.6) and yards per rush (11.2) and establishing himself as one of the nation’s top dual-threat backs as a sophomore. Searcy, also just a sophomore in 2016, turned in two of the Yellow Jackets’ biggest plays of the season — a 22-yard reception on fourth-and-19 with less than three minutes to go that extended what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown drive in a 17-14 win over Boston College in the season opener and a six-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left on the clock that provided the winning points in a 28-27 triumph over archrival Georgia in the regular-season finale.

In Owens’ first season overseeing Georgia Tech’s special teams, the Jackets led the ACC in field-goal percentage (.882) and PAT percentage (1.000) behind place kicker Harrison Butker, who was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Green returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown at Pittsburgh, good for the Jackets’ first kick return for a score in four years.

During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Owens has developed several slot backs into dynamic ball-carriers and receivers.

With another big year, Tech’s current corps of A-backs could challenge the Jackets’ 2014 A-backs as the most prolific unit of Owens’ tenure. The senior-laden group of B.J. Bostic, Deon Hill, Charles Perkins and Tony Zenon combined for more than 2,100 yards and 14 touchdowns during the road to the ACC Coastal Division and Orange Bowl championships in ‘14.

In addition to his current group of Lynch, Searcy and Green, Owens’ most notable pupils include Robert Godhigh — who led the Yellow Jackets in touchdown receptions in 2012 and 2013 and became the only player in Tech history with 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game when he totaled 126 yards on the ground and 105 yards through the air against Clemson on Nov. 14, 2012 — and Orwin Smith — who set an ACC record with a career average of 9.3 yards per rush from 2009-12 (Godhigh’s 9.1-yard career average ranks second in ACC history among rushers with at least 1,000 career yards). Owens also coached Embry Peeples and Roddy Jones — a pair of 1,000-yard career rushers — for their final two seasons at Tech (2010 and 2011).

Owens came to The Flats in 2008 and served two seasons as a staff assistant before moving into his current role as an assistant coach.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Maryland in 2008 after completing his football career as a quarterback at the U.S. Naval Academy under head coach Paul Johnson.

In 2005, Owens directed a Navy offense that averaged 34.2 points and an NCAA Division I-A-best 319.3 rushing yards per game. He racked up 2,109 yards of total offense (1,229 passing, 880 rushing — both team highs) and accounted for 17 touchdowns (11 rushing, six passing) en route to being named to the ECAC all-East team. Behind Owens, who broke four school records for total offense, passing yards per attempt and passing yards per completion, the Midshipmen went 8-4 in 2005, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy and beat Colorado State, 51-30, in the Poinsettia Bowl. The triumph over CSU gave Navy consecutive bowl wins for the first time in program history.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Owens is married to the former Lindsey Vincent. He holds a Lean Six Sigma black belt and has used the techniques and tools for process improvement asserted by Six Sigma doctrine to analyze and improve recruiting processes.

 Family  wife: Lindsey
 Alma Mater  Maryland, 2008
 2002-05  U.S. Naval Academy (quarterback)
 2008-09  Georgia Tech  Staff Assistant
 2010-15  Georgia Tech  A-backs
2016-present  Georgia Tech  A-backs / Special Teams Coordinator