Owen McGregor joined the Florida Atlantic University track and field/cross country staff in July of 2007.
McGregor, an Arizona State University graduate, will be responsible for coaching the sprints, hurdles, jumps and relay events. He also will play a major role in recruiting. McGregor comes to FAU from Phoenix College, where he acted as the head track and field /cross country coach for the men's and women's programs. McGregor joined Phoenix College in 2005 as an assistant head track and field coach and was promoted to head coach in 2006.
Prior to his arrival at Phoenix College, McGregor spent a year at Central Arizona College as an assistant coach. In 2005, Central Arizona College men's and women's teams won the Regional Championship in Mesa, Arizona. The men's track and field team went on to win the National NJCAA Championships and the women were runners-up in South Plains, Texas. After spending 2002-04 as an assistant at Arizona State University as part of the college's post-graduate program, he helped coach world champions and Olympians.
Before he joined the collegiate ranks, McGregor spent six years as a coach at the high school level, coaching many California and Arizona regional and state champions. In addition, McGregor has acted as a member of the personal coaching staffs for several athletes who have moved on to Division 1 track programs, the Olympics, World Championships, Pan American and CAC teams.
McGregor attended St. Andrew Technical High School in Kingston, Jamaica where he was coached by Ron Horsham. He received the Best Student Athlete Award 3 consecutive years in track and field. In 1984, as a high schooler, he ran the one of the fastest time in the Caribbean Islands in the 400m. In addition, McGregor competed on several of Jamaica's track and field National and Junior National Team where he was a silver medalist in the 200m and 400m. He ran the anchor leg on the gold medal winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams at the CARIFTA Games. McGregor anchored his high school 4x100m relay team to 1st place at the Penn Relays. Owen also finished 4th in the 200m, 3rd in the 4x100m relay and 2nd in the 4x400m at the Pan American Games. At the CAC Games, he tied for 1st place in the 200m, and anchored the 4x400m relay team to the gold medal with a split of 45.80 seconds. He was also one of the first Caribbean high school athletes to run 20.90 seconds in the 200m. He also finished in 6th place at the Olympic Trials in the 200m.
McGregor's collegiate career includes a year at Central Arizona JC. He was as 7-Time All-American, including a 4-Time member of the First Team. He is on the list of Top 10 fastest 100m and 4x400m competitors at the University of Florida. McGregor later transferred to Arizona State University, were he competed in the 100m, 200m and 400m, and anchored the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.In 2008, McGregor's first track and field season at FAU led to the team's improvement in the Sun Belt ranks. Yanique Booth was named Indoor Athlete of the week for her performance in the 60 meter hurdles. He oversaw 17 new school records, 33 personal best records, a conference champion in the 400 meter hurdles, Toyria Mattear, and two regional qualifiers in the 400 meter hurdles, Toyria Mattear and Lindsey Glover. McGregor also went to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, as the coach of Jayson Jones who ran for the Belizean Olympic team in the 200m. Also a fantastic recruiter, McGregor has brought in a great recruiting class of sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers.
The McGregor File
Birthplace: Spanish Town, Jamaica
Education: Arizona State University
2002-04, Arizona State University, Assistant Coach, Post-Grad Program
2004-05, Central Arizona College, Assistant Track and Field Coach
2005-06, Phoenix College, Assistant Head Track and Field Coach
2006-07, Phoenix College, Head Track and Field/Cross Country
2007-Present, Florida Atlantic University, Assistant Track and Field/Cross Country Coach