University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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Head Coach Jim Bowser


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     Pitt-Johnstown named Jim Bowser head women’s cross country coach prior to the start of the 2010 season.  Bowser, a guidance counselor at Forest Hills High School, previously coached cross country at two local high schools.
     Bowser coached cross country at Greater Johnstown Vo-Tech and Meyersdale Area High School and track at Forest Hills High School.  Bowser was also a wrestling coach at Westmont Hilltop High School and is currently Forest Hills’ head wrestling coach.
     In 2002, Bowser took over the Forest Hills wrestling program and has been named District 6 Coach of the Year three times.  He has led the Rangers to three District 6 Dual Meet Championships and a pair of Southwest Regional Team titles.  Bowser also coached Jake Strayer, a two-time PIAA AA State Champion, 20 District 6 Champions, and eight Regional Champions.  In addition, he coached Pitt-Johnstown’s 2009 NCAA Division II National Champion Shane Valko.
     Bowser is a graduate of Richland High School in Johnstown and a former wrestler at NCAA Division I Bloomsburg University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Adult Health.  He later earned a pair of Masters Degrees from Frostburg State (MD) University.  Bowser received a Masters of Education in Guidance and School Counseling and a Masters of Education in Health and Physical Education.  Bowser is currently working on his Principal’s Certification at St. Francis (Pa.) University.
     Strayer and Valko serve as volunteer assistant coaches under Bowser.