Tommy Bowden

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Tommy Bowden
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Tommy Bowden as head football coach at Clemson
Biographical details
Born (1954-07-10) July 10, 1954 (age 66)
Birmingham, Alabama
Playing career
19731976 West Virginia
Position(s) Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977 West Virginia (GA)
19781979 Florida State (DB)
1980 Auburn (RB)
19811982 Florida State (TE)
19831984 Duke (QB)
19851986 Duke (OC)
19871989 Alabama (WR)
1990 Kentucky (OC)
19911996 Auburn (OC)
19971998 Tulane
19992008 Clemson
Head coaching record
Overall9049
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
C-USA Champion (1998)
Awards
C-USA Coach of the Year (1998)
ACC Coach of the Year (1999, 2003)
1× FCA Football Coach of the Year (2006)

Tommy Pearce Bowden (born July 10, 1954) is a former American football coach. He served as the head coach at Clemson University from 1999 until October 13, 2008. He is a son of Bobby Bowden, former head football coach of Florida State University, against whom he has coached in games nicknamed the "Bowden Bowl." He is also a brother of Terry Bowden, previously head football coach of the University of Akron.

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Coaching career

Before coming to Clemson, Bowden was the head coach at Tulane University, and an assistant at the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Duke University, the University of Kentucky, East Carolina University and, with his father, at Florida State. His 1998 Tulane squad went 120 and achieved a top-10 final ranking in both polls. Despite being one of only two undefeated teams in the regular season, Tulane was not even considered for a bid in a Bowl Championship Series game because it was believed they had not played a difficult schedule.

Bowden in 2006 as Clemson's head coach. Tommy Bowden-Clemson 2006.jpg
Bowden in 2006 as Clemson's head coach.

Bowden was hired as Clemson's head coach before the 1999 season. Bowden's Clemson teams went to a bowl game every year he coached there, except in 2004, when, after a brawl with rival South Carolina, both teams withdrew from bowl consideration for that season. He resigned on October 13, 2008, after leading the team to a disappointing 33 record (12 ACC) at the midpoint of a season in which the Tigers had been an almost unanimous preseason pick to win their first ACC title under Bowden and were ranked #9 in the preseason polls. Assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney was named as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Personal

Bowden, an evangelical Christian, addresses airmen at Pope Field in celebration of the National Prayer Luncheon in 2008. Tommy Bowden prayer luncheon 2008.jpg
Bowden, an evangelical Christian, addresses airmen at Pope Field in celebration of the National Prayer Luncheon in 2008.

Bowden attended and played football for West Virginia University from 1972 through 1976. He is married to the former Linda White and has two children, Ryan and Lauren. He is a son of former Florida State Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden and has two sisters and three brothers, including Terry, former head coach at Auburn University , and Jeff, who served as an assistant coach on his brother Terry's staff. Bowden is an evangelical Christian. [1] [2] He has openly used his religion as a recruiting tool, saying that his faith “was a tremendous recruiting advantage.” [3] [4]

Coaching tree

Bowden is from the Bobby Bowden, Pat Dye, Bill Curry, and Terry Bowden coaching tree.

Head coaching record

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsCoaches#AP°
Tulane Green Wave (Conference USA)(1997–1998)
1997 Tulane 7–45–12nd
1998 Tulane 11–06–01st Liberty 77
Tulane:18–411–1
Clemson Tigers (Atlantic Coast Conference)(1999–2008)
1999 Clemson 6–65–32ndL Peach
2000 Clemson 9–36–22ndL Gator 1416
2001 Clemson 7–54–4T–4thW Humanitarian
2002 Clemson 7–64–4T–5thL Tangerine
2003 Clemson 9–45–33rdW Peach 2222
2004 Clemson 6–54–4T–6thDeclined*
2005 Clemson 8–44–43rd (Atlantic)W Champs Sports 2121
2006 Clemson 8–55–3T–2nd (Atlantic)L Music City
2007 Clemson 9–45–32nd (Atlantic)L Chick-fil-A 2221
2008 Clemson 3–31–2T–2nd (Atlantic)
Clemson:72–4543–32
Total:90–49
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

*Self-imposed punishment for team fight with South Carolina
Bowden resigned on October 13, 2008.

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References

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  2. "FCA: Ex-Clemson coach helps put faith in play at schools".
  3. Atheist, Friendly. "New Report Highlights Troubling Blend of Christianity and College Football at Public Universities".
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