Danny Bowman became Concordia's track & field and cross country head coach in July of 2014. He takes over a track & field program that has had off and on finishes at the NAIA Indoor & Outdoor National Championships, and a cross country program that has recorded two women's top-15 finishes at the NAIA Championships in the past five years, and is steeped with tradition, including a women's NAIA National Championship in 2000, and combined NAIA National Championships in 2005 and 2006.
"Concordia University is so pleased to add to its already exceptional family of coaches," Concordia Executive Vice President Gary McDaniel said. "Coach Bowman will undoubtedly take the cross country and track & field program in a positive direction, while at the same time advance the saving message of the gospel to the athletes in his program. Concordia athletics is blessed to have coach Bowman."
Bowman comes most recently from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL, where he worked as the sprint/hurdle/relay coach, and was also an instructor at the institution, since 2011. He has led athletes to 86 school records, 24 athletes to individual NCCAA Championships, a women's and men's team NCCAA Championship, coached 46 NCCAA All-Americans, 31 NAIA All-Americans, and one NAIA National Champion. The ONU men's and women's programs won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship from 2010-2014. Prior to ONU, he worked from 2007 to 2010 as the head coach of Idaho Falls High School in Idaho Falls, ID. While there he revived a dying high school track & field program and won two Boys Track & Field Conference Championships.
"What attracts me to Concordia University is the potential of the track and field, and cross country program," Bowman said. "With the current athletes on the roster and those to come, Concordia can be a great track and field school. Our ultimate and foremost goal as coaches is to aid in the development of Christ-like character in all of our athletes in the program. If in four years they have not developed or furthered their walk with Christ, we, as their track and field/xc coaches, have failed them. Secondly, be competitive. Our coaching staff wants to compete among the best and wants to be victorious in all we do. Lastly, develop leaders and great Christ-like people who will make an impact on the 10,000+ people they will meet in their lifetime!"
Additionally, during his time in Idaho, Bowman served as a youth pastor for the Idaho Falls Church of the Nazarene, helping the local youth grow personally and spiritually. From 2008 to 2009 he worked as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Taylorview Junior High in Idaho Falls. Bowman began his coaching career at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, where he was their sprint coach from 2004-2007. His athletes broke 23 school records in his three seasons at NNU.
"I can't express how excited I am to welcome a man who has had so much success and who is so strong in his faith to the Concordia family," Concordia Athletic Director Dave Bireline said. "I know coach Bowman will take the reins of the program and lead us to a great place."
Bowman has been a member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association since 2012 when he got his sprints/hurdles/relays specialist certification, and became USA Track & Field Level II Sprints/Hurdles/Relays certified in 2009.
"I try to live my life according to my faith. I hope to have my faith shine daily for my athletes, so that they can see the love of God through me," Bowman said. "I have this picture hanging on my wall, in which I hope I can live out daily, 'Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words' by St. Francis of Assisi."
He ran track & field at Northwest Nazarene University and earned his undergraduate in psychology, with an interdisciplinary emphasis, in 2005. He received his master's in organizational leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in 2012.
He has been married to his wife Bekah for nine years. The couple has two sons, Titus, age four, and Ely, age one.