MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University men’s soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc announced the hiring of Scott Bowers as an assistant coach on the Mountaineer staff.
“I’m pleased to welcome Scott back to WVU,” LeBlanc says. “Scott is renowned for being an excellent goalkeeper coach as evidenced by his experience as a member of the USSF Goalkeeping National Staff. Under Scott’s tutelage, our goalkeepers will have every opportunity to develop their abilities at the highest level.”
Bowers spent the last seven seasons as the Director of Goalkeeping for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He has served as the head coach of the U19 Boys IMG Academy team and an assistant coach of the United States Developmental Academy Boys U18/U16 teams.
“I am very excited to be back at WVU. I look forward to joining a great staff,” Bowers says. “I would like to thank Marlon and the WVU athletic department for this great opportunity.”
He also has been an assistant coach at the United Soccer League Professional Combine (2012-14), an assistant coach of the IMG Academy Team in the United Soccer League Premier Development League (2006-14) and is a member of the national goalkeeping staff for the United States Soccer Federation Coaching Education (2011-14).
Other experience includes serving as the goalkeeper coach at Eckerd College from 2005-13, assisting the India Boy’s U15 National Team from 2010-12 and serving as the goalkeeper coach for the United States U17 Men’s National Team on an international trip to Ukraine from 2006-07.
Bowers was previously at West Virginia from 2002-04 as an assistant coach and helped mentor All-American Nick Noble. The Mountaineers posted a 12-7-1 record in 2004, after going just 9-21-5 in the previous two seasons.
His coaching career began at the University of Tampa, where he was an assistant coach on both the men’s and women’s programs in 2001, helping the men’s team to a NCAA Division II National Championship.
Bowers spent three years in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1991, earning a Letter of Commendation, a National Defense Medal and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
He graduated from Salisbury University with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in physical education in 2000, while earning his master’s degree in physical education with a concentration in athletic coaching education in 2005.
Bowers holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” License, a United States Soccer Federation National Goalkeeping License and NSCAA Level I, II Goalkeeping License.