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Terry Bowden
Ohio
 
TERRY BOWDEN

In December 2011, Terry Bowden was named head football coach at the University of Akron. He recently coached at North Alabama, where he complied a record of 29-9 in three years.

In 18 seasons as a college head football coach (North Alabama, Auburn, Samford University and Salem College), Terry's record is 140-62-2. As head coach of the Auburn Tigers, he won 73 percent of his games and posted the best opening five-year run of any head football coach in school history.

In 1993, Terry Bowden accomplished a feat that no other Division I-A coach had ever accomplished. He had gone undefeated and untied in his first year as a Division I-A head coach at Auburn University, a perfect 11-0.

Bowden swept virtually every national coach of the year award in his rookie season including Walter Camp, Scripps Howard, Football News, Toyota and the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award presented by the Football Writers Association. He was again a finalist following his second season at Auburn. By the end of his second season on the Plains, the Tigers had reeled off 20 straight wins, an Auburn record. Also during his helm at Auburn, Bowden became the first college coach in 50 years to win his 100th career game by his 40th birthday.

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Terry made the same dramatic entrance into the broadcasting industry as he did as a head coach. He quickly became one of the top studio analysts in college football, as the analyst for television's most distinguished studio show on ABC Sports. He moved on location to serve as an expert analyst and color commentator for televised games on ABC Sports and also hosted The Terry Bowden Show on ESPN Florida Radio and served as the college football writer for Yahoo Sports.

As a student-athlete at West Virginia University, he lettered two years as a running back (1977-78), held a 3.65 GPA in accounting, the highest GPA on the football team, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He did post graduate work at Oxford University in England, and earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Florida State University School of Law in 1982 while a graduate assistant coach at FSU.

He was born into the most famous and successful college football family. His father, Bobby Bowden, turned Florida State into a national champion, his brother Tommy is head coach at Clemson, brother Jeff is the offensive coordinator at Florida State and brother-in-law Jack Hines is an assistant coach for the Clemson Tigers.

Terry Bowden has been ultra-successful as a student, an athlete, a broadcaster and a college football coach. He is a much sought after motivational speaker. The qualities that have made him successful throughout his life -- enthusiasm, contagious optimism, confidence, humor and work ethic -- are the same qualities that he now relies on as a network television studio analyst for college football.

  • Win With Teamwork - Being a winner is not always about having the best players, but having the players that play their best together. Teamwork is the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organized objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. You can throw money at all your problems if you want, but it doesn't cost one thin dime to motivate each and every person within your organization to be their very best. Ultimately, it's about getting our eleven to play better than their eleven.

  • Audacity: The Belief That You Can Accomplish Anything - No leader has ever accomplished anything great without audacity. If a leader is filled with high ambition and he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles. After our undefeated season at Auburn University in 1993, I asked our football team what they wanted to accomplish in 1994. Every single young man said they wanted to go undefeated again. My first impression was that this was crazy - nobody wins every game two years in a row. Then I thought again. This was not crazy...it was audacity!

  • Motivating The Benchwarmers - You don't need to motivate that top salesman any more than you do the star running back. Those guys were born to win. If you want to build a winner then you better find a way to inspire the back up lineman, the walk-on and the guy who never gets off the bench. Those are the guys who are ultimately going to get you over the top. Terry calls it the "But For Rule." Getting each and every person in the organization to believe that but for their effort, but for their ability, but for their very job, we can not be successful.

  • You Can Make A Difference - A man was walking down the beach and noticed that there were thousands of starfish all across the sand that had crawled out of the ocean due to the red tide. Although the water had cleared, the sun was taking its toll and the starfish were drying up and dying. As the man continued to walk down the beach, he noticed that another man walking in front of him was bending over every now and then to pick something up, and each time that he did he got a little closer. Finally, the man caught up with the other fellow and asked what he was doing. The man said that the starfish were dying in the sun and that he was putting them back in the water. "But there are millions of them. What kind of difference do you think you can make?" To that, the man bent over and picked up another starfish, tossed it into the water and said, "Well, I guess I made a difference to that one."
Winning's Only Part of the Game
Winning's Only Part of the Game: Lessons of Life and Football

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