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Legendary Cal State Stanislaus baseball coach Bowen dies

Former Cal State Stanislaus baseball coach Jim Bowen died on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.
Former Cal State Stanislaus baseball coach Jim Bowen died on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. Modesto Bee

Former longtime Cal State Stanislaus baseball coach Jim Bowen died this morning in Turlock after a long illness. He was 66.

Bowen guided Warrior baseball for 25 years and also served the school as a tenured professor, department dean and athletic director.

On the field, he posted a 639-585 record and claimed NCAA Division III national championships in 1976 and ‘77. He retired as coach in 1996.

"Our University has lost one of its truly great Warriors in Dr. Jim Bowen," CSU Stanislaus President Ham Shirvani said. "He was a mentor to so many students and athletes and a great role model who had wonderful enthusiasm and passion for coaching and teaching."

Bowen was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and twice was that organization’s national coach of the year.

Said Athletic Director Milton Richards: "Warriors everywhere mourn the loss of a great coach, teacher, and leader of men. Jim Bowen represented all that is good about CSU Stanislaus and we in the Warrior family extend our heartfelt condolences to his family."

Bowen is survived by his wife, Cherie; daughters Michelle and Kimberly; son, Steven; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Turlock, with a reception to follow at CSU Stanislaus.

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