Football: Owens out as Rampart coach; district withholds details

November 15, 2013 Updated: November 15, 2013 at 10:33 pm
photo - Rampart football coach J.J. Owens talks with his team prior to practice. Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
Rampart football coach J.J. Owens talks with his team prior to practice. Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE 

Rampart football coach and senior English teacher JJ Owens tendered his resignation earlier this week both for coaching and teaching. The former longtime Sierra assistant went 11-19 in three seasons.

Academy District 20 spokeswoman Nanette Anderson did not elaborate on what led to Owens' decision, nor did Rams athletic director Andy Parks.

"Jerry Owens resigned his position as a coach and teacher at Rampart High School earlier this week," Anderson said in a statement emailed to The Gazette. "Rampart students and parents were notified on Tuesday, Nov. 12."

The district did not disclose whether the resignation was purely voluntary or in lieu of termination. Owens did not comment to The Gazette on why he stepped down.

"I had a good time and got to work with great people at Rampart," Owens said.

Rampart, with several returning letter-winners on both sides of the ball, had high expectations heading into the 2013 season but struggled defensively and finished 3-7, including a 2-5, fifth-place finish in the highly competitive 4A Pikes Peak League.

Senior quarterback Cameron Hacker threw for 2,302 yards and 25 touchdowns to lead a powerful offense, while younger brother Clayton, a sophomore, led the league in receiving yards with 851.

In 2011, Owens led the Rams to the 5A playoffs before losing in the first round.

The Rams are the second Pikes Peak-area team left looking for a football coach. Last week, Palmer coach Justin Rich resigned after two seasons at the helm of the Terrors.

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