Clint Bowen

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Clint Bowen
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator, safeties coach
Team Kansas
Conference Big 12
Biographical details
Born (1972-06-27) June 27, 1972 (age 46)
Lawrence, Kansas
Playing career
1990 Butler CC
1991–1994 Kansas
Position(s) Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996 Kansas (GA)
1997 Minnesota (GA)
1998–1999 Kansas (GA)
2001 Kansas (TE/ST)
2002 Kansas (RB/ST)
2003–2005 Kansas (S/ST)
2006–2007 Kansas (co-DC/S)
2008–2009 Kansas (DC/S)
2010 WKU (DC)
2011 North Texas (DC/S)
2012 Kansas (S/ST)
2013 Kansas (LB)
2014 Kansas (DC/LB)
2014 Kansas (Interim HC)
2015–present Kansas (AHC/DC/S)
Head coaching record
Overall 1–7
Bowls 0–0

Clint Bowen (born June 27, 1972)[1] is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at the University of Kansas.[2] He was named the interim head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks on September 28, 2014 to assume the role of previous head coach Charlie Weis,.[3]

Football career[edit]

Bowen grew up in Perry, Kansas outside of Lawrence, Kansas, where he led his high school, the Lawrence Lions, to state titles in football, as well as track, graduating in 1990. In college, Bowen was a hard-hitting defensive back for the Jayhawks, in 92–93, following one season at Butler County Community College. He led the Kansas defense in tackles in 1993 with 114 total stops. That figure ranks as the third-most tackles by a Jayhawk defensive back in school history. Clint was instrumental in helping the Jayhawks to an 8–4 final record, a No. 22 national ranking and a win over BYU in the 1992 Aloha Bowl. He was the recipient of the school’s Willie Pless Tackler of the Year Award following his senior season in 1993. Bowen played college football for the Jayhawks under head coach Glen Mason. He later worked as an assistant coach at Kansas for Mark Mangino and Weis.[4]

After losing his first four games as interim head coach, Bowen got his first win on November 8, 2014, when Kansas defeated Iowa State by a score of 34–14.


Bowen's father, Charley Bowen, was a high school All-American at Lawrence High School. His older brother, Charley Jr., was a four-year letterwinner as a defensive back for the Jayhawks (1989–1992).

Bowen and his wife, Kristie, have two sons, Baylor and Banks. Kristie is the 2014 Mrs. Kansas and was named Miss Kansas in 2001.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12 Conference) (2014)
2014[n 1] Kansas 1–7 1–7 9th
Kansas: 1–7 1–7
Total: 1–7


  1. ^ Bowen served as interim head coach after Charlie Weis was fired during the season.


  1. ^ "Coaching Staff Bios" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  2. ^ Bowen is Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Under Beaty
  3. ^ "Kansas fires Charlie Weis". September 28, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bowen ready to take reins of Kansas football". USA Today. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

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