HUNTSVILLE - Sam Houston State men’s basketball coach Jason Hooten has announced the addition of Andre Owens to his staff as an assistant coach this season.

Owens spent the previous three seasons as the head coach at Western Texas College in Snyder. The Westerners went 50-38 under Owens.

“We are extremely excited to be able to pick up a coach of Andre’s caliber,” Hooten said. “I have known Andre for a long time as a player and coach. He will be really good in a lot of different areas, and our student-athletes, as well as the program, will benefit from him being here.”

Western Texas College finished 22-10 and placed second at the Region V tournament in Owens’ first season. He has coached three National Junior College Athletic Association Academic All-Americans, six Western Junior College Athletic Conference selections and nine players who signed to play Division 1 basketball.

Before taking the helm at Western Texas College, Owens was an assistant coach at Oklahoma City University from 2012-2015. While there, his responsibilities were recruiting, player development, practice planning, film breakdown, scouting, strength and conditioning program and fundraising.

Owens was also a volunteer coach at Eastfield Community College from 2010-2012.

As a player, Owens attended UTSA where he was a two-year starter after signing with the Roadrunners out of McLennan Junior College. He averaged 18 points and six rebounds and was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection.

After college, Owens played professionally in Germany and Turkey for two years, then played in the Continental Basketball Association for a season.

Owens is a native of Irving. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UTSA in 2007.