July 8, 1999
The old expression about the apple not falling far from the tree
certainly applies to the youngest son in the Bowden clan. Since Bobby
Bowden heads the nation’s most prominent, and well branched, family tree in
coaching it should have come as no surprise that he chose one of his sons
to join his staff in 1994.
Jeff Bowden begins his sixth year on the staff with a receiving
corps whose talent may be as great as any in FSU history. All-American
Peter Warrick returns for his senior campaign where he will be one of the
front runners for both the Biletnikoff and Heisman Trophies. But Bowden’s
riches are even deeper as he returns all his receivers from last year’s
team which finished just short of a national championship.
While 1999 looks extremely promising, Bowden’s work has been
fruitful since he began at FSU. Under Bowden’s direction in 1997, E.G.
Green earned second team Associated Press All-America status and he
finished with more receiving touchdowns (29) over his career than any
previous FSU receiver. Three years ago, Green teamed with Andre Cooper
(now with the Denver Broncos) to become the first tandem in FSU and ACC
history to each register over 1,000 receiving yards. Five years ago, Kez
McCorvey finished a career that made him the second most prolific receiver
in school history.
Bowden’s transition to Florida State was a smooth one six years ago
when he left a Southern Mississippi program where he had served as
receivers coach for three years.
He played in three bowl games on Seminole teams coached by his
father and moved immediately into coaching at Salem College in West
Virginia upon graduation from FSU. He was the receivers coach for two
seasons under older brother Terry and was promoted to offensive coordinator
the third year.
After a year back at FSU as a graduate assistant, Jeff re-joined
Terry at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He was the Bulldogs
offensive coordinator in 1987 and added the title of assistant head coach
for the 1988-90 seasons. He is credited with guiding the career of
Division III All-America quarterback Jimbo Fisher at Samford.
He moved from Samford to Southern Mississippi and coached the
receivers for three years before coming to Tallahassee.
Jeff is married to the former Cindi Smith and they have five
children, Haley, Hunter, T.J., Robert and Julia Elizabeth.