11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
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A servant-hearted leader on and off the playing field, Bowzer is in his 43rd year as assistant football coach at Central, the longest tenure at one school for any active assistant in the U.S. He was named the NCAA Division III assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association last January. Bowzer was also assistant men’s basketball coach at Central for 10 years and head men’s tennis coach for two seasons. The Jackson, Mich. native was a versatile athlete, earning 11 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and tennis at Central before graduating in 1966.
Bowzer is an associate professor of exercise science at Central and was department chair for many years. He received the college’s Outstanding Faculty Performance Award for Effective Teaching in 2003-04.
Bowzer is also heavily involved in service work, particularly through Second Reformed Church in Pella, where he is in his third three-year term on the consistory, serving as a deacon. He’s twice served on the church’s executive committee with many years on various church councils and has participated in several mission trips and projects.