Lamar S. Owens Jr.

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Lamar Owens
US Navy 051015-N-9693M-012 U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Quarterback Lamar Owens rushes for yardage in the 4th quarter against the Kent State Golden Flashes.jpg
Owens in 2005
Navy Midshipmen No. 2
Position Quarterback
Career history
College Navy (2002–2005)
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-09-06) September 6, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Savannah, Georgia
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)

Lamar S. Owens Jr. (born September 6, 1983) was a midshipman and starting quarterback at the United States Naval Academy. In 2006 Owens, a 22-year-old senior, was charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) with raping a female midshipman. A court-martial panel found him not guilty of rape but guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and violating a direct order.[1]

Owens grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and attended Benedictine Military School.

Rape trial[edit]

At trial, presiding military judge Commander John A. Maksym determined that the superintendent of the Naval Academy, Vice-Admiral Rodney P. Rempt had made comments and sent emails that constituted an appearance of unlawful command influence and granted the defense additional peremptory challenges during jury selection.

The court martial convicted Owens of two violations of the UCMJ, but sentenced him to "no punishment". He was not allowed to graduate, a decision that stirred some controversy.[2]

On January 19, 2007, Vice Admiral Paul E. Sullivan affirmed the jury's decision to clear Owens of raping a female midshipman and impose no punishment for convictions of conduct unbecoming an officer and violating a military protective order.[3]

Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter ruled his conduct "unsatisfactory" and ordered him discharged. On April 12, 2007, Owens was expelled. His education was valued at close to $136,000, but his debt was reduced to approximately $91,000 "in recognition of his noteworthy professional conduct", the Navy stated in a written statement.[4]

Supporters launched an effort on his behalf including, letter-writing and lobbying in Annapolis and Washington.[citation needed]

Fundamentals on the Field camp in 2014

Coaching career[edit]

In 2010, Owens became an assistant coach at Georgia Tech under head coach Paul Johnson.[5]

He is entering his 7th season as the Slotbacks coach. During his time at Georgia Tech, Owens has served as the Community Service Director for the football team. In 2009 and 2010, Owens has hosted summer camps in his hometown of Savannah, Ga.[6] For the past three years he has hosted a one-day summer camp, named Fundamentals on the Field,[7] on Georgia Tech’s campus in partnership with the Chick-fil-A Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Fundamentals on the Field, is a one-day character curriculum that takes place on college campuses through partnerships with college football teams. We love this program because campers have the opportunity to visit a college campus, interact with student-athletes, and learn vital leadership skills.

Owens also earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Scheller School of Business at Georgia Tech in August 2014. He has applied six sigma methodologies in every aspect of his coaching duties.[8]

On February 19, 2016 Owens began attending the NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy in Tampa, FL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doty, Cate (March 28, 2007). "Midshipmen Accused of Misconduct on Cruise". New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ McCaffrey, Raymond; Vogel, Steve (December 17, 2006). "Case Stirs Criticism of Naval Academy Chief". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ McCaffrey, Raymond (January 19, 2007). "Commander Supports Clearing Ex-Quarterback". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ Navy Times: Owens must pay $90K; no degree, commission," April 13, 2007, accessed February 27, 2012; New York Times: "Sports Briefing," April 14, 2007, accessed February 27, 2012
  5. ^ MilitaryTimes.com: Phil Creed, "Lamar Owens is an assistant coach at Georgia Tech. Who knew?," January 6, 2010, accessed February 27, 2012
  6. ^ http://www.wtoc.com/story/10749492/success-sports-football-camp.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://grace-olson.com/blog/forging-futures-through-football/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ https://www.minitab.com/en-us/Case-Studies/Georgia-Tech/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)