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District names varsity football coach

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february 6, 2013

Schuylerville Central School District has named John Bowen as its new varsity football coach, replacing Greg O’Connor who stepped down after eight years leading the team. Bowen served as head football coach for Ballston Spa Central School District from 2002 to 2012 and coach of Shenendehowa’s junior varsity football team from 1997 to 2001.

The Ballston Spa team has made it to the playoffs for the last seven seasons. Bowen’s overall record with the team is 57 and 34.

“I am very excited for our football program and what Coach Bowen will bring to it,” said Schuylerville Athletic Director Heath Morris.

Bowen was among five candidates who interviewed for Schuylerville’s head coaching position. No one from within the district applied. Morris and Schuylerville High School Principal Matthew Sickles were on the interview team.

“Coach Bowen is passionate, energetic and extremely knowledgeable and he’s sure to connect with our student athletes,” said Sickles. “I look forward to having him work with our players and lead our football program.”

Bowen is currently dean of students at Ballston Spa High School, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that, he was a physical education teacher at Ballston Spa, Shenendehowa and at East Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia. He has a bachelor’s degree in health fitness from Springfield College and a master’s degree in physical education from Auburn University. He played football at Springfield and Cortland and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Auburn.

Bowen lives in the Schuylerville School District with his wife, Stephanie and their three sons, Tyler, Zachary and Joshua. All three boys are involved in youth football.

“My family and I are very excited to enter into this new phase of our lives. I hope to foster the expectations of athletic excellence that have been established in Schuylerville, while establishing my own expectations, which have contributed to the successes over the last 11 years in Ballston Spa,” Bowen said.