Office of University Communications & Marketing

First Family of College Football Gathering July 14 to Support UNA Football Program

Jun. 12, 2009

FLORENCE, Ala. – No other family in the history of college football has achieved the level of success that the family of Bowden coaches has. Between the four coaches — Bobby, Tommy, Terry and Jeff — they have a total 131 years of collegiate coaching experience. Three have been head coaches in Division IA College Football, with Bobby, Tommy and Terry having a combined record of 583 career wins and an astonishing winning percentage of 72. Even more impressive is that in their 70 collective seasons as head coaches, the Bowden coaches have suffered only six losing seasons. As elusive as the “Perfect Season” is, all three have had a perfect season as Division IA head coaches, and all in the same decade (Terry -1993, Tommy – 1998 and Bobby – 1999). It had never happened before, and it would be safe to say that it will never happen again.

Join the Bowdens on July 14 for another first – the first time all four Bowden Coaches will come together to speak at the same event and share their lifetime of stories. Hear from the “First Family of College Football” about what it takes to be a champion and have that perfect season – whether on the field, in the boardroom or in life. Coaches Bobby, Tommy, Terry and Jeff Bowden will all talk about their championships and their losses and the valuable life lessons they have learned from both.

On Jan. 1, Terry Bowden returned to the coaching ranks from the broadcast booth to become the new head football coach at the University of North Alabama. Shortly thereafter, his brother Jeff joined him in Florence as his wide receivers and associate head coach. Now, the entire family of Bowden coaches will be in Florence to show their support for UNA. All proceeds from “A Day with the Bowdens” will go to the UNA football program and UNA athletics.

For information, questions or to reserve your seats at the events, please visit or call Kimberly Shiff at 877-BOWDEN-0.

July 14 Event Schedule:


Prayer Breakfast with the Bowden Coaches

Limit 250 people

Marriott Shoals Conference Center — $125


One-on-One Reception with the Bowden Coaches

Autographs, pictures, etc.

Limit 50 people

Marriott Shoals Conference Center — $500


“What Would a Champion Do?” TM

How to be a Champion on the field, in the classroom and in life

Motivational Presentation by the Bowden Coaches

Grades 9-12

Flowers Hall (capacity approx. 2,700)

FREE of charge


“What Would a Champion Do?” TM

How to be a Champion in Business and in Life

Motivational Presentation by the Bowden Coaches

Flowers Hall (capacity approx. 2,700)

Tickets $25, $35 and $50


Press Conference:


Performance Center on the UNA Campus

All four Bowden Coaches will be in attendance, and questions are not limited to the content of the day’s events. One-on-one interviews will be granted. Lunch will be served.

Press Reception:


Location – to be determined


A block of rooms has been reserved for the media at the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa. Call (256) 246-3600 and ask for the “Bowden Day” rate.


For credentials, information, etc:

Jeff Hodges, UNA Sports Information Director – 256.765.4595


Kimberly Shiff, Public Relations and Event Director – 321.288.2146


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