Bowen To Take UMD Job

Some breaking news. Bemidji State head basketball coach Matt Bowen has accepted the job at Minnesota Duluth. We’ll have more on this in the paper tomorrow, but here’s some of the press release from BSU:

DULUTH, Minn.  — University of Minnesota Duluth today announced it has hired former Bemidji State University men’s basketball coach  Matt Bowen to succeed long-time head coach Gary Holquist at the helm the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball program.

“I want to thank Matt Bowen for the job he has done in his time as head coach of the Bemidji State men’s basketball program,” said BSU Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb. “He has certainly left the program in much better condition than when he arrived.

“Opportunities like this present themselves because of hard work and success. Over the course of the last six years Matt has worked to build the BSU men’s basketball program from the ground up to an NSIC Championship team in 2011-12.

Goeb added, “We are proud of where the program is right now.”

Bemidji State’s 19th head coach, Bowen leaves BSU tied for fourth in seasons coached and ranks fifth in victories (64).

According to Goeb, a national search to fill the vacant position will begin immediately.

“We are going to move as quickly as possible to fill this position,” said Goeb.

“We are coming off one of the most successful seasons in the 90 years of our basketball program.  The success of this program is forefront in our minds and we will keep the ball rolling.”

Read BSU’s full release here.

Also, UMD’s release can be found here.

Again, look for more on this from us later.