Greg Bower Greg Bower
The longest tenured coach on the offensive side of the ball for the Huskies
, Greg Bower
eighth season at Northern Illinois this year.
As the tight ends coach, Bower
saw his second straight pupil advance to the next level following the 2006 season as senior Jake Nordin will report to camp with the New England Patriots after signing a free agent contract.
will work with the NIU tight ends for the fourth straight year in 2007 after spending the 2002 and 2003 seasons coaching the Huskies
' defensive tackles.He began his tenure at Northern as a defensive graduate assistant in 2000.
Prior to his
arrival at NIU
, the Orangeville, Ill., native spent seven seasons on the coaching staff at his
alma mater, Loras College
, a Division III school in Dubuque, Iowa.During his
time at Loras
(1993-99), the Duhawks posted five .500 or better seasons. After beginning his career as a graduate assistant coaching the Loras linebackers, Bower spent his last four seasons at Loras as the defensive coordinator, working with the linebackers in 1996 and moving to the secondary from 1997-99. His
Duhawk defense produced seven All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) performers, including a pair of first team selections.In 1997, Loras
ranked No. 28 in NCAA Division III in turnover margin at +1.10 per game. Bower
was a four-year letterwinner for the Duhawks from 1989-92, starting at middle linebacker his
final two seasons.He
made 147 career tackles and was part of the IIAC's No. 2 defense in both 1989 and 1990.
A two-sport standout at Orangeville (Ill.) High School, Bower
won three letters in football and two in basketball.As a senior in 1988, he
was a first team all-conference choice at both offensive guard and linebacker for the Orangeville team that advanced to the Class 1A state semifinals. Bower earned his bachelor's degree in history from Loras in 1993 and added a master's degree in physical education in 2001.He
wife, the former Liz Neumann
of Crystal Lake, Ill., have three children, son Brett (6) and daughters Faith (4) and Grace (2).