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Jeff Bower (American football)

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Sport(s)  Football
1978–1981  Southern Miss (WR/QB)
Positions  Quarterback
1975–1977  Southern Miss (GA)
Role  Coach
1972–1975  Southern Miss
Name  Jeff Bower
1971  Georgia
1982–1986  SMU (QB)

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Born  May 28, 1953 (age 62)Roswell, Georgia (1953-05-28)
Education  University of Southern Mississippi
Similar People  Curley Hallman, Jeff Kelly, Reggie Collier, Tyrone Nix

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Jeffrey Jon "Jeff" Bower (born May 28, 1953) is former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at University of Southern Mississippi for 18 seasons, from 1990 to 2007, compelling a record of 119–83–1. Bower assumed the role of head coach at Southern Miss on December 2, 1990 and announced his retirement on November 26, 2007, effective after the 2007 Bowl, which was played on December 22. The Golden Eagles had a winning record in Bowers' final 14 seasons and played in a bowl game in 10 of his last 11 seasons.


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Early life and playing career

Bower grew up in Roswell, Georgia, where he attended Roswell High School. He led the football team to two state championships and became a 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 college football career at the University of Georgia before transferring to Southern Miss. He started as quarterback in 1973. His career records from 1973 to 1975 are still in the top five for many of the school's passing statistics, including third all time in passing percentage.

Coaching career

Bower spent 29 years at the University of Southern Mississippi as a quarterback, assistant coach and head coach. He was named "Coach of the Decade" by Conference USA in 2004.

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Jeff Bower who became NCAA head coaches:

  • Paul Petrino: Idaho (2013–present)
  • John Thompson: East Carolina (2003–2004)
  • Everett Withers: North Carolina (2011), James Madison (2014–2015), Texas State (2016–present)
  • References

    Jeff Bower (American football) Wikipedia