Minnesota Duluth hires Matt Bowen to guide its men’s basketball program
Friday, May 4, 2012
Minnesota Duluth hires Matt Bowen to guide its men’s basketball program

DULUTH, Minn.  -- University of Minnesota Duluth today announced it has hired former Bemidji State University men’s basketball coach  Matt Bowen to succeed long-time head coach Gary Holquist at the helm the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball program.   

“I want to thank Matt Bowen for the job he has done in his time as head coach of the Bemidji State men’s basketball program,” said BSU Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb. “He has certainly left the program in much better condition than when he arrived.

“Opportunities like this present themselves because of hard work and success. Over the course of the last six years Matt has worked to build the BSU men’s basketball program from the ground up to an NSIC Championship team in 2011-12.

Goeb added, “We are proud of where the program is right now.”

In six seasons of rebuilding the Bemidji State program, Bowen guided the Beavers to a 64-102 overall record.  He is coming off his best season as a head coach.  In 2011-12 Bowen led the Beavers to the winningest season in the 90-year history of BSU men’s basketball program. The team piled up a 22-9 overall record with a 16-6 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play en route to winning the NSIC regular season championship, the No. 1 seed in the league’s postseason tournament and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers received votes in the national poll for the first time in program history and earned their highest regional ranking. Following the season, Bowen was selected as the NSIC Coach of the Year.

Bemidji State’s 19th head coach, Bowen leaves BSU tied for fourth in seasons coached and ranks fifth in victories (64).

“I’m truly grateful to the University and athletic administration for having the confidence to hire me for my first head coaching job,” said Bowen. “I’ve had a tremendous opportunity to build and grow a Division II program and I can honestly say I’m proud of what I’m leaving behind. There is a good, solid group of returning players to continue the progress of the program.

“I will miss the relationships I’ve made with BSU athletics staff and members of the community. Bemidji has been a great place for my family and I to live and I appreciate the support we’ve received. I hope that support will continue for this program and new coach because it makes a difference.”
According to Goeb, a national search to fill the vacant position will begin immediately.

“We are going to move as quickly as possible to fill this position,” said Goeb.

“We are coming off one of the most successful seasons in the 90 years of our basketball program.  The success of this program is forefront in our minds and we will keep the ball rolling.”

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).