Jeff Bower (American football)
May 28, 1953 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1975–1977||Southern Miss (GA)|
|1978–1981||Southern Miss (WR/QB)|
|1987||Wake Forest (QB)|
|1988||Southern Miss (OC)|
|1989||Oklahoma State (OC)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|4 Conference USA
1 East Division
|1990s Conference USA Coach of the Decade
3x Conference USA Coach of the Year
Jeffrey J. Bower (born May 28, 1953) is an American football coach, most recently at the University of Southern Mississippi. He assumed the role of head coach at Southern Miss on December 2, 1990, and held it for 17 years until November 26, 2007, when he resigned effective after the Papajohns.com Bowl which was played on December 22, 2007. Under his tutelage, the Golden Eagles put together a continuing streak of fourteen straight winning seasons, the 5th longest streak in college football. Bower's Southern Miss teams had also been to bowl games 10 of the last 11 seasons.
Jeff Bower grew up in Roswell, Georgia, where he attended Roswell High School. He led the football team to two state championships and became an eventual prep All-American, one of the school's first. He also started for two state champion baseball teams and one state champion basketball squad. He was named Class A Player of the year and played in the state All-Star game.
Bower started his career at the University of Georgia before transferring to Southern Miss. He started as quarterback in 1973. His career records from 1973-75 are still in the top 5 for many of the school's passing statistics, including #3 all time in passing percentage.
Bower spent 29 years at the University of Southern Mississippi as a quarterback, assistant coach and head coach. He was quite successful, with a long career and many wins. He was named "Coach of the Decade" by Conference USA in 2004.
Head coaching record
|Southern Miss Golden Eagles (Independent) (1990–1995)|
|1990||Southern Miss||0–1||L All-American|
|Southern Miss Golden Eagles (Conference USA) (1996–2007)|
|1997||Southern Miss||9–3||6–0||1st||W Liberty||19||19|
|1998||Southern Miss||7–5||5–1||2nd||L Humanitarian|
|1999||Southern Miss||9–3||6–0||1st||W Liberty||13||14|
|2000||Southern Miss||8–4||4–3||3rd||W Mobile Alabama|
|2002||Southern Miss||7–6||5–4||4th||L Houston|
|2003||Southern Miss||9–4||8–0||1st||L Liberty|
|2004||Southern Miss||7–5||5–3||3rd||W New Orleans|
|2005||Southern Miss||7–5||5–3||3rd (East)||W New Orleans|
|2006||Southern Miss||9–5||6–3||1st (East)||W GMAC|
|2007||Southern Miss||7–6||5–3||4th (East)||L PapaJohns.com|
|#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- "WDAM: Bower quits as Southern Miss coach".
- "Southern Miss' Bower resigns despite 14th straight winning season".
- Doherty, Tim (August 26, 2007). "Master of Consistency: Mississippi's dean of coaches just keeps winning". The Clarion-Ledger (Gannett Company). Archived from the original on February 13, 2015.
- "Bower resigns as Southern Miss coach after 14th winning season". Associated Press. November 26, 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-09.