Archie Owen

Archie Owen (July 9, 1929 in East Moline, IL) is a former University of Evansville footballer player, assistant football coach at Evansville North High School , Morganfield Ky., and head coach at Evansville Bosse High School.

High School

Owen attended and played varsity football at Evansville Reitz High School. He played varsity football under Coach Herman Byers and was on the 1st undefeated team at Reitz in 1946. He graduated in 1947.


Owen attended University of Evansville and graduated in 1951. He was a varsity football player from 1948-1950 under Coach Don Ping. He was a member of two Ohio Valley Conference Championship Teams 1948-1949.

Coaching Career

Owen started his coaching career as an assistant football coach at Morganfield, KY., he then became an assistant coach at North High School in 1955.

In 1961 Owen became head coach at Evansville Bosse High School. He coached at Bosse High School until his retirement in 1983 and had a record of 111-99-13.

Coaching Honors

Owen was the defensive coordinator for North-South All-Stars in 1947. He was selected as Evansville Football Coach of the Year 7 times, he won or shared 8 City Championships, and two Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Championships;

His 1967 Bosse High School team was undefeated.

Outstanding Players Coached

Gordon Slade, John Hoover, Mike Dickens, Stan Duncan, Mike Runau, Terry Suggs, Bob Rogers, Don Deicken, Mark Holsapple, Larry Rogers, Monty King, Bill Lahanis, Brian Outlaw, Brent Flening, Chris Johnson, Jeff Chestnut, Bobby Lewis, Mike Tooley, Steve McRae, Morris Long, and Oscar Fields; coached 19 All-State players and had 15 players as members of the South All-Star Team.

Special Recognition

Owen was a ten year member of United Press International Football Coaches Board. He was inducted into the University of Evansville Athletic Hall of Fame. He was past-president of Evansville Coaches Association, named Evansville Westside Civitan Citizen of the Year in 1981, and a family named Central Indiana Tennis Family of the Year 1981

Owen was also a teacher and assistant athletic business manager at Bosse HS.

Personal Life

Owen was married to wife, Louise and they had 4 children, Mike, Martha, Leanne, and Susan.

Coach Owen passed away December 23, 1998.

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