This is Coach Bowers' 13th year as head coach and 21st year overall at LTC.
21-22 saw a dissapointing season record wise with the Statesmen going 21-30 overal and finishing 14-14 in the always tough GRAC. LTC did see 15 players commit to 4 year schools with 10 heading to NCAA D1 institutions. The season was also marred by 7 players going down to season ending injury before opening weekend, while losing another two players by midseason. With several of those players returning to full health, LTC looks forward to a succussful run at the Region for the 22-23 season.
The 2020-21 team finished 32-21, finishing second in Region XXIV and hosted the Region XXIV championships. That club has also seen 10 players move on to NCAA D1 institutions.
The 2014-15 season proved to be a very impressive campaign to as head coach. He led the Statesmen to a GRAC Championship, his first conference title as Head Coach, as well as being named Co-Coach of the year in the GRAC Conference. The Statesmen advanced to the Northern District Tournament (super-regional) which tied the longest run in school history. The Statesmen had great success in the classroom as well posting a team 3.43 GPA which ranked 4th in the country.
In 2017, the Statesmen added their third Region XXIV Championship in the last 12 years and the first under Bowers, finishing 33-17 and earning LTC's 4th trip to the Northern Districts final.
Bowers had previously served as pitching coach and associate head coach. In that time, the Statesmen have never had an ERA above 3.65. The 2007 staff allowed a stingy 3.17 earned runs a game in route to the GRAC and Region XXIV championships. The 2009 staff had an overall ERA of 3.19 including a conference ERA of 2.69. He has coached three Conference Pitchers of the Year, 20 All-Conference pitchers, placing 6 of those on the NJCAA All-Region Teams. The 2009 staff included the Player of the Year and two members on the NJCAA All-Region Team. Bowers has had two former pitchers drafted in the top 10 rounds of the MLB draft, including Justin Hancock who made his big league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2018. Most recently OF Jordan Brewer was selected in the 3rd round of the MLB draft by the Houston Astros. Brewer was an ALL GRAC and ALL Region selection at LTC before transferring to University of Michigan where he was named the 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year.
In 2013, Coach Bowers moved back over to the offensive side. Under his tutelage, the Statesmen hitters posted three year highs in batting average, extra base hits and average with runners in scoring position.
Coach Bowers also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Statesmen. In that time, he has quickly established himself as one of the finer recruiters in the Midwest, seeing his classes achieve success both on and off the field. Since 2005, Bowers has had over 175 of his players move on to NCAA D-1 institutions, seeing 23 sign professional contracts and four named NJCAA-All Americans. These recruiting classes have won three NJCAA Region XXIV titles and three GRAC titles.
In the classroom, these teams have never received below a 3.0 team GPA, and the 2006 team was named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. On 11 other occasions, teams have been on the top 25 in the nation.
Previously, he spent two years at UW-Platteville where he served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. The 2001-02 Platteville team established school records in hits, runs, RBI's and doubles, while posting its best record in 10 years.
Coach Bowers graduated from UW-Parkside and was an assistant there for five years before moving on to Indiana State for the 1999-2000 season. In 2001, he received a Master's of Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.