Billy Owens begins his 17th season with the Athletics and his 12th as director of player personnel, where his responsibilities include providing input and recommendations for potential trades and free agent signings, along with evaluation in the area of amateur scouting.
Prior to moving into a front office position, Owens spent five seasons as a hitting coach in the A's minor league system, with stops at Southern Oregon (1999), Vancouver (2000-01) and Arizona (2002-03). In addition to his coaching duties, Owens also assumed scouting responsibilities as an area scout and was promoted to East Coast Scouting Coordinator in 2003.
A third round pick (72nd overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1992 June Draft, Owens played seven seasons of minor league ball with the Baltimore (1992-96) and Houston organizations (1997-98) before joining the A's as an area scout.
A native of San Jose, Calif., Owens attended the University of Arizona, where he played both baseball and football. He was a football, basketball and baseball standout at Bellarmine College Preparatory and is a member of the school's hall of fame. Billy O makes his off-season home in Scottsdale, Ariz.