The University has named Terry Bowden, who owns a 140-62-2 record (69.3 winning percentage) over an 18-year coaching career, as its 27th head football coach, President Dr. Luis M. Proenza and director of athletics Tom Wistrcill announced Thursday.
Bowden, who served as a studio analyst and color commentator with ABC Sports' college football for 10 years, was the head coach at Auburn from 1993-98 and spent the previous three seasons at Division II North Alabama.
Bowden, 54, was an assistant coach at Akron in 1986 under then Zips' head coach Gerry Faust.
"We welcome Terry Bowden back to campus. He brings with him an outstanding record of success and a true football coaching pedigree," Proenza said. "We know the entire Akron community will support Coach Bowden in his mission to cultivate a championship program here."
"We're thrilled to have Terry join the Akron Athletics family," Wistrcill said. "It's great for our student-athletes, fans and community to bring in a head coach with his track record of success."
A press conference to formally introduce Bowden will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. ET on the Towpath Credit Union Press Level (floor 7) of InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. The proceedings will be web cast live through GoZips.com, and also be available on SportsRadio 1350 (WARF) in the Akron area and online via SportsRadio1350.com. "Voice of the Zips" Steve French and long-time UA Athletics personality Joe Dunn will anchor the coverage.
"I'm so excited to be a Zip," Bowden said. "With the great resources and the commitment to winning by the administration and community, it's just a matter of time until we build a championship program."
Bowden will meet with fans at the Zips women's basketball team's game versus Providence on Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. That event will be free of charge. He will also address the crowd at the Dec. 29 men's basketball contest versus VCU, which tips off at 7 p.m. Football season ticket holders will be E-mailed a link to purchase tickets to the VCU game at a special group rate.
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