Charley Bowser

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Charley Bowser
Charles W. Bowser.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born November 29, 1898
Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Died July 30, 1989(1989-07-30) (aged 90)
Royal Oak, Michigan
Playing career
1922 Pittsburgh
Position(s) End, back, tackle, center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1923?
1924–1926
1927–1929
1930–1934
1935–1937
1939–1942
Grove City (asst.)
Grove City
Pittsburgh (asst.)
Bowdoin
Pittsburgh (asst.)
Pittsburgh
Head coaching record
Overall 14–20–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Charles W. Bowser (November 29, 1898 – July 30, 1989)[1] was an American football coach. He served as the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh from 1939 to 1942 and amassed a combined record of 14–20–1.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bowser was born in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and attended Johnstown High School, where he played football. He left high school as a senior, in April 1918, in order to enlist in the Army. From May 1918 to April 1919, he served overseas in the Ambulance Corps.[3]

In 1919, Bowser enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. That season, he played on the freshman football team under freshman coach Andy Kerr. The following year, he joined the varsity team under head coach Pop Warner, and played at end, quarterback, tackle, and center.[3] Bowser earned a varsity letter in 1922.[4] He studied business administration and was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Upon graduation from Pittsburgh, Bowser served as an assistant at Grove City College under Guy "Chalky" Williamson. After the 1923 season, Williamson left for the Pittsburgh football staff, and Bowser took over as Grove City head coach. The Grove City Crimson went 3–5–1 in his first season, but improved in the next two years. In 1925, they posted a 7–1 record, with the sole loss coming against West Virginia. The next season, Grove City finished with a perfect 7–0 mark, including a 3–0 victory against Bo McMillin's Geneva College which defeated Harvard.[3]

In 1927, Bowser returned to Pittsburgh, to aid head coach Jock Sutherland as the ends, backs, and centers mentor. In 1930, Bowser took over as the head coach of Bowdoin College, a post he held through 1934. He was replaced by Adam Walsh, former captain of the "Four Horsemen" at Notre Dame. Bowser then became assistant at Pitt again in 1935, and in 1937, he was promoted to the chief assistant position.[3]

After that season, he left the coaching ranks to work as an insurance agent in Pittsburgh.[5] In 1939, Bowser returned to Pittsburgh as its head coach, and served in that position through the 1942 season. He resigned his post in January 1943 to take a commission in the United States Navy during World War II.[6] He was replaced by T formation innovator Clark Shaughnessy.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ex-Pitt Coach Bowser Passes Away, Beaver County Times, July 30, 1989.
  2. ^ Charles W. Bowser, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved August 17, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e New Panther Coach Has Varied Career in Athletics, The Pittsburgh Press, March 21, 1939.
  4. ^ 2010 Pitt Football Media Guide (PDF), p. 178, University of Pittsburgh, 2010.
  5. ^ Bowser Hopes Shaughnessy Has Winner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 26, 1943.
  6. ^ a b Coach Bowser Seeks Navy Commission, Daytona Beach Morning Journal, January 23, 1943.

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