Tom Bowen, Director of Athletics at the University of Memphis, has received a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the UofM athletic department through at least June 30, 2019.
Bowen was hired as athletic director in 2012.
Memphis has had unprecedented success both in competition and in the classroom during Bowen’s tenure. Additionally, under Bowen’s leadership, Athletics is nearing completion of its $40 million “Time to Shine” capital campaign to improve practice and training facilities for the football and men’s basketball programs.
“Tom’s success with our athletic department has been nothing short of remarkable across the board,” said UofM President M. David Rudd. “We are well positioned for the next step and committed to competing at the highest level. He’s recognized as one of the best in the country, and I certainly agree. In addition, he’s assembled an exceptionally talented team. This extension represents our continued commitment to excellence.”
In Bowen’s third year at the helm of the athletic department, Memphis Football captured its first conference championship in over 40 years and went on to win the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl in 2014, equaling a program record for victories with a 10-3 record.
Bowen began his tenure at Memphis with the athletics program posed to make a league move from Conference USA to the Big East. Despite the conference realignment carousel continuing to rotate nearly halfway into the first year of his tenure, Bowen’s steady leadership helped Memphis become a charter member of The American Athletic Conference. In addition to his integral role in the formation of The American, Bowen was instrumental in bringing the league’s first men’s basketball tournament to the Bluff City in March of 2014.
In the classroom, Memphis has had strong performances in Bowen’s three years.
In 2015, the NCAA announced its latest NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) data and the numbers continued to reflect the success Memphis student-athletes are accomplishing.
All of Memphis’ teams earned scores of 950 or better for the last four-year data, which encompasses through the 2013-14 academic year. Memphis had four athletic programs receive NCAA Public Recognition Awards.
Since August 2013, Memphis has graduated 171 student-athletes with their bachelor’s degrees.
For the Spring, 2015 semester, 34 percent of Memphis student-athletes earned 3.5 or higher grade point averages and institutional Dean’s List honors. Memphis’ cumulative student-athlete GPA was 3.07 and the school’s freshman student-athlete GPA was 3.15.
In terms of development, the “Time to Shine” capital campaign is just the latest fund raising success Memphis Athletics has had under Bowen. In his first year, Bowen secured a multi-million dollar gift from the Helen and Jabie Hardin Charitable Trust to support women’s athletics at the University of Memphis.
The UofM has completed the construction of a new track and field complex on the Park Avenue campus. A new clubhouse for Memphis Softball will soon be completed. The softball clubhouse includes coaches’ offices, meeting and recruiting rooms as well as indoor pitching and batting areas.
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