• Passing the Torch: MHCC Men's Basketball Assistant Coach to Serve as New Head Coach

    Starting this summer, a familiar face will take over as head coach of Mt. Hood Community College men’s basketball team.

    Nathan Bowie
    Assistant coach Nathan Bowie will take over
    head coach responsibilities next season.
    John Hawley
    Current head coach John Hawley.

    Nathan Bowie, who has served as the assistant coach since 2016, will step into the head coach position when current head coach John Hawley retires at the end of the season. Hawley has coached basketball at MHCC since 2015. From 2016 to 2018, he oversaw both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. He came to the college with 30 years of experience coaching men’s and youth basketball in Oregon and Georgia.

    “It’s been an honor to serve as head men’s basketball coach, strength coach and a part-time instructor here at MHCC for the final four years of my 41 years of working in education,” said Hawley. “I have been truly blessed to work with so many amazing people from many different roles here at the college.”

    “We are extremely grateful for the time that Coach Hawley served our students,” said Dr. Kim Hyatt, Dean of Health, Physical Education, Athletics, Aquatics and Recreation at MHCC. “John has had an impact on our entire institution, and we’re excited to have someone with the character and skillset of Coach Bowie stepping into this role.”

    In 2015-16, Hawley led the men’s basketball team to one of its best records in years, followed by an appearance at the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Championships in 2016-17.

    “John has also played a big part in changing the culture of the women’s basketball team, which helped the team make it to the 2017-18 NWAC championships under head coach [Jeremy] Vandenboer,” added Dr. Hyatt.

    Hawley leaves behind a legacy at the college in the coaching talent he’s brought in and supported. Women’s basketball head coach Vandenboer started under Hawley in 2016 before taking over head coaching duties in 2017.

    “I am extremely excited to turn over another program to one of my assistant coaches here at MHCC,” Hawley added. “Both [Vandenboer and Bowie] are outstanding men and great leaders.”

    Bowie previously coached with the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in Kansas and played professional basketball in the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East and Africa. For the last 15 years, he has coached and trained players from the NBA, EuroLeague, Division I colleges, and national team players.

    “Overall, the experience to sit, kneel and stand next to Coach Hawley during every game was a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity,” said Bowie. “I couldn’t ask for a better person to work alongside for the last three years – he’s made going to work easy.”

    Bowie said he wants to focus on building the team’s defensive skills and on having them play more aggressively on the court.