Bulls Name Four to Basketball Operations Staff
Owens brings with him to Chicago several years of professional coaching experience. Most recently, he served as Assistant Coach of the NBA Development League’s Fayetteville Patriots during the 2005.06 season. Previously, he was named Head Coach of the Continental Basketball Association’s Dakota Wizards for the 2004.05 season, after serving as Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the team from 2001-04.
During his tenure with the Wizards, the franchise was the regular season champion each season and won the CBA Championship in 2002 and 2004. He also served as Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager for the New Mexico Slam of the International Basketball League (1999.2001) and was a CBA scout for the Portland Trail Blazers (2001-04) and Denver Nuggets (2005.06). Owens is a 1994 graduate of New Mexico State University and in 1996 he earned his Master’s of Fine Arts from Naropa University.
Tatalovich joins the Bulls after spending the 2005.06 season as a graduate assistant under head coach Brian Gregory at the University of Dayton. One season prior, he served as Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development for the Gary Steelheads of the CBA, including a three-game stint as Head Coach. During the 2002 FIBA World Championships in Indianapolis, he assisted the eventual world champion Serbia & Montenegro with its video and scouting efforts. A 2003 graduate of Indiana University, Tatalovich served as a student manager for the Hoosiers during their run to the 2002 NCAA Championship game.
Irr is a 2006 graduate of the University of Connecticut where he earned a B.S. in Exercise Science. While at Connecticut, he was appointed an internship with the Strength and Conditioning staff for numerous Husky teams, including football and men’s and women’s basketball for the last two years. He also is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Meyer graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005. In 2002 he served as Assistant to the President of the Chicago Skyliners of the American Basketball Association. He is the son of former DePaul and current Tulsa 66ers head coach Joey Meyer.