Ira Bowman

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Ira Bowman
Personal information
Born (1973-06-11) June 11, 1973 (age 44)
Newark, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Seton Hall Prep
(West Orange, New Jersey)
NBA draft 1996 / Undrafted
Playing career 1996–2003
Position Guard
Number 11, 30, 7
Career history
As player:
1996 Gold Coast Rollers
1996–1998 Connecticut Pride
1998–1999 New Jersey Shorecats
1998–2000 Connecticut Pride
2000 Philadelphia 76ers
2001 Connecticut Pride
2001 Atlanta Hawks
2001 Philadelphia 76ers
2001 Pastificio di Nola Napoli
2002–2003 Grand Rapids Hoops
As coach:
2009–2012 NJIT (assistant)
2012–present Penn (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Ira Bowman (born June 11, 1973) is a retired American professional basketball player formerly in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an assistant men's basketball coach for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.

He attended Providence College and the University of Pennsylvania[1] but was not selected in an NBA Draft. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks from 1999 to 2001, as well as Grand Rapids Hoops of the Continental Basketball Association in 2002. He also played 13 games in the NBL for the Gold Coast Rollers in 1996.[2]

Bowman played high school basketball at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey, where he led the team to a 31–1 record as a senior and became the school's all-time career points leader.[3] He was also the Ivy League Player of the Year (1995–1996) when he was playing for the University of Pennsylvania.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Bowman, who was born in Newark, worked with Newark-based New Jersey Institute of Technology as an assistant basketball coach from 2008 to 2012 assisting head-coach Jim Engles in rebuilding the NCAA Division I record-setting (Division I transitional period) NJIT Highlanders men's basketball team.[5] Bowman was hired by the University of Pennsylvania in June 2012 as an assistant coach at his alma mater.


  1. ^ Big East-Ivy marriage? It works for Penn's Bowman, by Lynn Zinser - The Sporting News, published Nov. 27, 1995
  2. ^ Ira Bowman · #0, Accessed October 21, 2007.
  3. ^ Liss, Jason. "Talented Ira Bowman waits for his opportunity" Archived 2007-11-08 at the Wayback Machine., The Daily Pennsylvanian, February 23, 1994. Accessed October 21, 2007.
  4. ^ Penn Quakers : 2012-2013 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
  5. ^ NJIT Highlanders : NJIT Names Three Assistant Men's Basketball Coaches

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