Jul 14, 2003
July 14, 2003|
Lynda Bowers, a former player and assistant coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named head women's soccer coach, as announced today by SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt.
"We are extremely excited about bringing a former player back to the institution," Hewitt said. "She is young and energetic and fits the mold of the type of coach we wanted to bring in."
Bowers, originally from Palmer, Alaska, is the fourth head coach in school history and the first full-time coach since the program was established in 1982.
"Her being named the first full-time women's soccer coach is exciting for the program and the university," Hewitt said. "Not only will she be able to relate to the student-athletes, but she has experience of running her own program."
Bowers served as the head women's soccer coach at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park since 2001. Before her stint at Forest Park, she served as an assistant coach on SIUE's staff for four years.
As a player, Bowers was twice named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference team. She is currently 17th on the Cougars' all-time scoring list and was team captain her junior and senior years. A 1998 graduate of SIUE, Bowers also earned a master's in Exercise Physiology from SIUE.
"Lynda's experience in exercise physiology and conditioning will be an immediate help to the program," Hewitt said.
Bowers plans to fill a part-time assistant coaching position following a brief interview period.