John Bowers
 John Bowers
Position:
Recruiting & Special Teams Coord./Sec.


In second year at Western ... Recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and works with secondary ... Has coached 27 years, including five at NCAA Division I-A Bowling Green State University ... Coached defensive backs (2004-05), linebackers (2001-02), defensive ends (2003), special teams (2003) for Falcons and served as recruiting coordinator for two seasons (2001-02) ... Coached six Mid-American Conference all-stars and two freshman All-Americans at BGSU ... Falcons forced 25 turnovers in 2004 to lead MAC, recorded 32 quarterback sacks in 2003 and led MAC in turnover margin in 2001 (ranked third nationally) and 2002 ... Was linebackers coach at Bothell High School in 2006, the Cougars finishing 12-2, winning Kingco League title and reaching Class 4A state championship game ... Served as defensive coordinator at Stow High School (Akron, OH) for one year prior to stay at Bowling Green ... Also assisted at two other MAC schools, working at Eastern Michigan University (1998 and 1993-94) and being defensive coordinator at Kent State University (1997) ... Coached one year at NCAA I-AA Eastern Illinois University (1996), helping direct a defense that ranked 11th nationally overall and seventh against the run ... Began coaching career at James Madison University as graduate assistant (1979-80) ... Also was assistant at NCAA III Washington & Lee University (1981), NCAA II Shepherd College (1982-83), NCAA I-AA Austin Peay University (1984-87), NCAA I-AA Illinois State University (1988-92) ... Native of Hagerstown, Maryland ... Earned bachelor's degree at James Madison in 1979, receiving letters in football and baseball ... Was football team's offensive MVP and captain in 1978 ... Completed master's degree in education at JMU in 1980 ... He and wife, Joanne, who is in her second year as head women's gymnastics coach at University of Washington after five seasons as assistant at University of Michigan, have two sons, David 23 and Ross 10 ... 50 years old.