Assistant Coach (Special Teams Coordinator/Def.
Greg Bower will begin his second year with the UMD football staff in 2014, having taken over as the team's special teams coordinator and defensive secondary coach on Jan. 14, 2013.
first season with the Bulldogs, he
mentored a pair of All-NSIC honorees in cornerback Kenny Chowa and strong safety Travis Nordhus.
had spent the previous five seasons handling the defensive coordinator role at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In 2013, the Falcon defense racked up 80 tackles for loss, including 30 sacks, 30 pass breakups, and 12 fumble recoveries -- all highs under Bower's watch.
They also came away with 14 interceptions, equaling the 2008 club's efforts.
Before enlisting his
services at UW-River Falls, the 42-year old Bower was employed as an assistant coach for eight seasons at Northern Illinois University
, a member of NCAA FBS
(Division IA) ranks.
coached the Huskies' tight ends from 2004-07 and the defensive tackles from 2002-03 after spending a pair of seasons in a graduate assistant role (2000-01).
Bower got his coaching start at his alma mater, Loras College, where he served as the defensive coordinator during the last four of his seven seasons at that Iowa-based insitution (he was a full-time linebacker coach and graduate assistant before that).
time at Loras
(1993-99), the Duhawks
posted five .500 or better seasons and produced seven All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) defensive performers, including a pair of first team selections.
Bower, who was born in Monroe, Wis., lettered four years at Loras from 1989-92 and started at linebacker for the Duhawks as a junior and senior.
had a hand in 147 career tackles and was an integral part of the IIAC's No. 2-ranked defense in both 1989 and 1990.
A 1989 graduate of Orangeville (Ill.) High School, Bower earned his B.A. degree in history from Loras in 1993 and as well as his Master's degree in physical education in 2001.
wife, Liz, have three children -- son Brett and daughters Faith and Grace -- and reside in Proctor, Minn.