Lisa H. Owens took over the Centre College men's and women's track teams in 2001 after being the assistant men's and women's track coach since 1998. Owens graduated from Berea College in 1996 where she earned a bachelors degree in Physical Education and a minor in Nutrition. While at Berea, Owens earned varsity letters in cross country, track, and tennis. The three-time high school state track champion also once held nine school records in track at Berea. In 1995 Owens was invited to compete on the NAIA International Track & Field team where she toured and competed in Europe. She earned a masters degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000. Owens is also the Head men's and women's cross country coach. Coach Owens plans on continuing and improving upon the success of both track programs. Owens has won the 2011 SCAC Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year Award and the 2010 KTCCCA College Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year Award. She also coached triple jumper Chrys Jones '11 to Outdoor National Championships in 2009 and 2010 and Indoor National Championships in 2010 and 2011.
In 2014, Owens swept the Southern Athletic Association Cross Country Coach of the Year awards after guiding her men's and women's cross country teams to their respective third and fourth consecutive conference championships. Owens also was named the 2014 SAA Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year after winning the conference title.
"Our athletes are very talented and dedicated to this sport that they love; they are also some of the top academic students in the nation, which makes for a great combination. I will work hard to continue to recruit the right student athletes that will meet our need both in the classroom and on the track."
Coach Owens married her husband Scott in June of 1998. They have one daughter Meghan and one son Cameron.