WILMINGTON, North Carolina (UNCWSports.com) – Gifted player, instructor and reigning 2018 Colonial Athletic Association Coach-of-the-Year Daniel Bowden has been named UNCW’s head men’s golf coach.
Bowden, 30, was named interim coach for the Seahawks on Aug. 14, 2017, and promptly led the Seahawks to three tournament titles and their first CAA championship since 2013.
“Daniel did a wonderful job with the program this year and we’re delighted to have him direct the program permanently,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s athletic director. “He has an impressive golf pedigree. We’re confident that he will take our successful program to even greater heights in the future.”
The Seahawks captured the Duck Commander Intercollegiate, Seahawk Intercollegiate and CAA Championship, rallying from a 10-stroke deficit on the final day of the CAA tourney at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh. UNCW went on to compete in the Bryan Regional hosted by Texas A&M.
In addition to piloting the Seahawks to three titles, Bowden had two players – Patrick Cover and Blake McShea – win medalist honors and All-CAA accolades in 2017-18. Another golfer, Thomas Eldridge, competed in the Patriot All-America Invitational in Litchfield, Ariz.
Bowden took over as interim head coach after serving one year as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs.
“Coaching at UNCW has been a tremendous blessing in my life,” said Bowden. “I felt a calling to enter the coaching profession to make a difference in the lives of young people through the game of golf. It’s such an honor to coach at a program like UNCW that has such a rich history and a winning tradition in golf.
“I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish this season and I am excited about the future of Seahawk golf. We have the resources and the blueprint to consistently be the best team in the CAA and compete in NCAA postseason play.”
Bowden embarked on a professional career for five years on the Web.com and Nationwide Tours before teaching full-time as Head of Player Development at Bowden Brothers Golf. He collected 12 victories as a professional from 2011-16 and made seven starts on the Nationwide/Web.com Tours.
The Easley, S.C., native enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Georgia Tech and Furman. He played two years for the top-ranked Yellow Jackets and was a member of the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference championship team.
Bowden transferred to Furman and earned All-Southern Conference and Academic All-America honors in his final two seasons. He powered the Paladins to the SoCon championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010.