Amir Owens, a former football player at Idaho State and a graduate student at Eastern Washington University, is EWU’s assistant athletic director for athletic performance. He began in March 2014, and oversees the strength and conditioning program for the school’s 14-sport program at the NCAA Division I level.
Owens is formerly from Tacoma and attended Curtis High School, and graduated from Idaho State in 2010. He has been at Eastern since July of 2011, and is on schedule to receive his master’s degree in exercise science this June.
He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS) and USA Weightlifting (USAW Level 1), and is also CPR/AED certified by the American Red Cross.
While a graduate student at Eastern, he has served as assistant director for athletic performance, and twice served as interim director of the department. Most specifically, he has worked with design and implementation of all phases of training for Eagle football, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s soccer teams.
Owens has also worked with the College Preparatory Academy in Spokane as strength and conditioning coach, and from August 2011 to September of 2012 worked at the Spokane Athletic Club as a performance enhancement coach. He also served as a physical therapist assistant and director of the MVP FIT program at MVP Physical Therapy in Fircrest, Wash., from December 2010 to June of 2011. In addition, he had an internship at Catz Sports Performance in Renton, Wash.
While at ISU, he had internships in sports medicine and coaching after playing safety for the Bengals from 2006-09. He played in 38 games as a four-year letter winner, and finished with 63 tackles and five passes broken up. He earned Dean’s List honors at ISU and received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in coaching in May 2010.
Owens graduated from Curtis High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a team captain as a junior and senior in football when he earned first team all-league honors. He also placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at the WIAA track and field championships.
Owens was born Oct, 17, 1986, in Tacoma, Wash. He and his fiance Devan Candiotta will be getting married on Aug. 2, 2014.