Steve Bower did such a good job in his first year at Catholic University that Coach Steve Howes has expanded his role. He serves as operations director, video and recruiting coordinator, and conducts individual player instruction.
Bower works particularly close with CUA’s post players and played a key role in Jay Howard last year being named first-team All-Landmark.
Bower joined the Cardinal staff in 2016 after working the previous two years at Plymouth (N.H.) State University. In 2015-16, the Panthers enjoyed their first winning season in 10 years.
At Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., in 2013-14, Bower contributed to the Bison’s then school-record 23 victories. The win total included a 10-game winning streak. Nichols won the Commonwealth Coast Conference regular-season championship.
The Bison fell in the tournament finals but rebounded with a first-round home victory in the ECAC New England Basketball Championship tournament. Bower’s coaching helped Ryan Sheehan become Nichols’ all-time leading scorer with 2,106 career points.
Bower turned down opportunities to play Division III basketball once he found a program that allowed him to pursue his dream of becoming a basketball coach. He found that at Division I Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., where he served as a manager from 2009-13. He handled a variety of duties and rose to head manager.
Academically, Bower earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management and finance. He is working on his master’s degree at CUA in leadership management. He is the third member of Howes’ staff to pursue that degree. Ryan Hyland, now head coach at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, was the first. Tommy Berry, Bower’s fellow Cardinal assistant, is completing the program.
Bower played baseball and basketball at Hopkinton (N.H.) High School. He lettered three years on the hardwood. During his first two seasons, the Hawks qualified for the state tournament quarterfinals. Prior to his senior year (2008-09), he played on the New Hampshire Mavericks AAU team.
As a Hopkinton senior, Bower was the Hawks’ starting point guard. He averaged 10 points and posted a career-high 21 points twice. During the final four games of his high school career, he recorded 32 assists.
Bower was a starting third baseman for two years at Hopkinton. As a junior he made just two errors all season. During his sophomore year he was promoted from JV to varsity. The Hawks advanced to the semifinals of the 2007 state tournament.
As a 2011 summer intern in New York, Bower produced player profiles for more than 15 NBA Draft prospects. In 2014 he coached the 10th-grade Massachusetts Elite team. He has worked at numerous basketball camps, most notably Kevin Boyle’s (point guards) and Bobby Hurley’s (skills) camps at the Pocono (Pa.) Invitational.
Stephen Michael Bower was born Aug. 25, 1991 in Norwood, Mass. He is the son of Mark and Ellen Bower, and has one sister, Michelle. He lives in Washington, D.C.