Larry Owens will coach his last regular season home football game at College of San Mateo on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1pm, against Santa Rosa JC. All former CSM football players are invited to return to College Heights Stadium for the special day, which will also feature a post-game private gathering at the College Center for gridiron alumni following the game.
After spending more than a quarter of a century coaching football at CSM, Owens has announced that he will retire after this year. This is his 21st season as head coach, which included a break from the top job from 2009-2015. He remained on the CSM physical education staff and, after a break, assisted Bret Pollack as linebackers coach before retaking the reigns in 2016.
Owens achieved another milestone with his 125th victory against Contra Costa on Oct. 21. After a monumental 42-31 win at City College of San Francisco on Oct. 28, his overall head coaching record is 126 wins and 90 losses — including ten post season bowl/playoff appearances. A post-season berth in 2017 is already assured as the Bulldogs are in control for a repeat Bay 6 league title.
Owens also served springtime stints working for the NFL in Europe – as linebackers coach for the Scottish Claymore in 1996-97 and for the Amsterdam Admirals from 2001-03.
Before coming to CSM in the late 1980s, he coached at Woodside High School. He was an assistant coach at Humboldt State University for a year, 1989-90, before returning to CSM as head coach in 1990.
Owens is a graduate of Redwood City’s Sequoia High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cal State Fullerton and a master’s degree in administration/physical education from St. Mary’s College.
He was honored earlier this year, in February, by the City of East Palo Alto with a Lifetime Achievement award and Proclamation for his years of service to the community.