|Previous College:||Providence College '92|
Bridget Bowers is in her seventh season as an assistant coach at American University. Bowers is largely responsible for the training of the women’s team which has seen steady improvement since her arrival.
Bowers first came to American as a graduate assistant and served in that role from 1995-97 before returning as an assistant coach prior to the 2006-07 season.
In 2008-09, Bowers helped lead American’s women’s team to a fifth-place finish at the Patriot League Cross Country Championships as freshman Octavia Rinehardt was named Second Team All-Patriot League for her eighth-place finish. Bowers also helped coach Rinehardt to her first conference championship in the outdoor 5000 and Rachel Forcino to a third-place finish in the 10,000 meter run at the Patriot League Outdoor Track Championships. During the 2009-10 season, Bowers helped coach senior walk-on Erin Koch to the Patriot League Indoor Track 1000 meter title while senior Greta Wicklund was named the 2009 Patriot League Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In 2010-11, she continued to help Rinehardt develop, as she became just the third woman in program history to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, and also took home three Patriot League individual titles in both indoor and outdoor track during the year. The season also saw Koch break the school record in the outdoor 1500 meter run and indoor mile.
Between coaching stints at American, Bowers lived in Denver, Col., and worked for the YMCA as a health and fitness specialist. She was also an independent personal trainer/coach and was a manager for a company that specialized in continuing health/medical education.
A 1992 graduate of Providence College, Bowers was a four-year letter winner on the Friar cross country and track and field teams. In 1990 she was a scoring member of the Providence cross country team which placed second at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Bowers was also the indoor 5000 meter New England Champion in 1991 and set the 10k school record that same year. An All-New England honoree in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, Bowers was also named a Big East Academic All-Star.
Bowers holds a Master of Science in health and fitness management/health promotion from American, is a USATF-certified Level 1 coach and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.