Will Cowen

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Director of Player Development

• Will Cowen brings loads of experience in a variety of ways to Florida State, serving his first season with the Seminoles as women’s basketball’s director of player development.
• The former Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (2009-18) at Ventura College has 22 years of athletic coaching experience in football, basketball, track and baseball.
• His countless efforts in his final season at Ventura earned him the JC/CC Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year, which was presented to him on June 29, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
• During his tenure, Ventura recorded five state championships and 67 conference championships.
• Cowen’s specific basketball background includes serving three years at Ventura (two as the head coach), 15 years of high school coaching and 14 years as a clinician.
• In Cowen’s three years with the men’s basketball program, Ventura finished with the best record in the Western State Conference in two of those years. Cowen helped guide current Houston Rockets small forward James Ennis III to a professional career after he spent one year under Cowen before transferring to Long Beach State.
• He has served as a clinician at countless camps, including when he worked under “America’s Basketball Guru” Pete Newell at one of his famous big man camps. Cowen has also taught at 11 College Tall Women’s Camps as well as 44 other high school boys’ and girls’ camps with Frontline Basketball.
• Other legends of the game whom Cowen has worked with at different camps or clinics include: Ann Meyers Drysdale (Naismith HOF), Bob Kloppenburg (NBA), Gary Kloppenburg (WNBA) and Bill McClintock (1959 NCAA Champion). Cowen takes great pride in sharing ideas, developing great teachers and helping all coaches better prepare communicate and understand their players.
• One of Cowen’s top endeavors while at Ventura was securing funding in 2016 for VC Pirates Cove, a student success center serving over 1,300 at-risk students on campus. The program has experienced dramatic improvement in course success rates for enrollees while closing many achievement gaps along the Student Equity Dashboard.
• A native of Ventura, Calif., Cowen earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from UC Santa Barbara as a Spanish major in 2000. He then got his Masters of Education with an emphasis in physical education in 2003 from Azusa Pacific University.