WILBERFORCE, Ohio - Central State University President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond has selected Tara A. Owens to serve as the university’s new Director of Athletics. Ms. Owens succeeds Mr. Jahan Culbreath who previously served as Director of Athletics and is currently the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Athletics. Organizationally, athletics, public relations, and alumni relations are part of the Office of Institutional Advancement.
Ms. Owens will officially begin her duties at Central State University on Sept. 17.
Prior to accepting the position at CSU, Owens spent eight years serving as the athletic director at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). As the athletic director, Owens was responsible for managing all aspects of BCCC’s athletic program which included business operations, staff development, compliance recruiting strategy, scholarship allocation, scheduling, marketin, and fundraising.
Beginning in the 2013 season, Owens also served as BCCC’s head women’s basketball coach. Last season, Owens was named the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as she compiled an overall record of 22-8 and an 11-1 record in the conference to win the 2017-18 regular-season conference championship. In five seasons at BCCC, Owens compiled an overall record of 104-46.
Before coming to BCCC, Owens spent two seasons (2007-09) as the head women’s basketball coach at Norfolk State University (NSU) in Norfolk, Va.
Prior to NSU, Owens served as the head coach at Elizabeth City State University for three seasons, compiling a 58-31 record and leading the Lady Vikings to the finals of the CIAA Tournament on two occasions (2005, 2007).
A 1993 graduate of Virginia State University (VSU), Owens played for the Trojans from 1988-1991. She received her bachelor’s degree from VSU in physical education/health and completed her master’s degree in administration and supervision at Cheyney University in 1998.
Owens holds memberships in the National Association of Female Executives, Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association.