Sean Bowers

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Sean Bowers
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-08-12) August 12, 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
La Jolla Nomads
1987–1988 Miramar College
1989–1990 Quincy University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 1 (0)
1991–1995 Detroit Rockers (indoor)
1993 Sacramento Knights (indoor)
1995 Anaheim Splash (indoor) 52 (18)
1996–1999 Kansas City Wizards 111 (3)
1997–2001 Detroit Rockers (indoor) 56 (55)
2001–2003 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 74 (42)
2003–2005 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 38 (14)
2009–2010 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 3 (3)
Teams managed
1999 William Jewell College (assistant)
2000–2001 Detroit Rockers US Olympics (assistant)
2001 Detroit Rocker Hawks
2002–2003 Baltimore Blast (interim)
2003–2005 California Baptist University (assistant)
2006 California Baptist University
2006–2008 San Diego SeaLions
2007– Miramar College
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sean Bowers (born August 12, 1968 in San Diego, California) is a retired U.S. soccer defender. He spent most of his career playing indoor soccer, earning the 1992 NPSL Rookie of the Year, four-time Defender of the Year and a six-time first team All Star in four different indoor leagues. He also played four seasons with the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer. He currently plays for the San Diego Sockers of the Professional Arena Soccer League.

High school and college[edit]

Bowers grew up in San Diego, California where he played his youth soccer with the San Diego Nomads. He also played goalkeeper at Mira Mesa High School where he was two-time All City. Following high school, he attended Miramar College for two years before finishing college at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. He played soccer at both Miramar and Quincy. In 1990, Bowers led Quincy in scoring, being named the team MVP.[1] He graduated in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in political science.


In 1991, Bowers signed with the San Diego Sockers of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). While he played in the Sockers season opener,[2] at some point he moved to the Detroit Rockers of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). He was selected as the NPSL Rookie of the Year. He remained with the Rockers until 1995, winning 1994 and 1995 Defender of the Year honors. In addition to playing with the Rockers in 1993, Bowers also played a single season with the Sacramento Knights of the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL), a summer indoor league. He was named CISL Defender of the Year. In 1995 and 1996, he returned to the CISL, this time with the Anaheim Splash. The Kansas City Wiz of the outdoor Major League Soccer selected Bowers in the third round (26th overall) in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. He played four seasons with the Wizards, serving as the team captain in 1999. However, he continued to play indoor soccer, returning to the Detroit Rockers in 1997. He played with the Rockers until 2001, when the team folded. The Baltimore Blast selected Bowers in the dispersal draft. That summer, the NPSL also gave way to the new Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Bowers spent two season with the Blast, winning the 2003 league championship with them. July 16, 2003, the Blast traded Bowers to the San Diego Sockers in exchange for Carlos Farias and the first and second picks in the 2003 Amateur Draft. He played thirty-three games with the Sockers in 2003–2005, but only five games the next season before the Sockers folded. Rather than pursuing his playing career further, Bowers elected to retire, settle in his hometown and pursue a coaching career. In 2009, he joined the San Diego Sockers of the Professional Arena Soccer League.


Beginning in 1996, Bowers became a regular part of the U.S. national futsal team. Two years later, the team took third place in the Futsal Mundialito. He earned a total of thirty-six caps, scoring five goals, with the U.S. from 1996 to 2004.[3]


In 1999, Bowers became an assistant coach with William Jewell College women's soccer team. This was the start of his coaching career. Bowers began coaching on the professional level with the Detroit Rockers in 2000–2001. That season, he served as an assistant coach in addition to playing. In 2001, he became the head coach with the Detroit Rocker Hawks, winners of the 2001 USASA Women's U.S. Open Cup.[4] In 2002, he became the interim head coach of the Baltimore Blast. At the time, the Blast were at the bottom of the standings. Bowers took them into the playoffs and the Blast ended up winning the MISL championship that season. In 2003, the Blast traded Bowers to the San Diego Sockers. When Bowers arrived in southern California, he became an assistant coach with the California Baptist University women's team from 2003 to 2005. He was elevated to the position of head coach in 2006, taking them to an end of season ranking of ninth in the NAIA. He also was named the head coach of the San Diego SeaLions of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2006. That year the SeaLions went to the WPSL semifinals. On March 27, 2007, Miramar College announced the creation of a women's soccer team with Bowers as its coach.[5]


Rookie of the Year

  • NPSL: 1991–1992

Defender of the Year

  • NPSL: 1994, 1995
  • CISL: 1993
  • MISL II: 2002

First Team All Star

  • NPSL: 1993, 1995
  • CISL: 1993, 1995
  • MISL II: 2002, 2003


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