Mt. Hood Community College’s Track and Field head coach Doug Bowman passed away today, Tuesday, May 9, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, following a year-long battle with brain cancer. He was 64.
An MHCC alumnus, Bowman graduated from the college in 1975. He returned in 2012 to join the track and field team as a coach, and assumed head coaching duties at the start of the 2014 season. Bowman’s efforts to revitalize the program met with immediate
success, as he helped more than 100 student-athletes move on to four-year university track and field programs over the past several years. Bowman also served as assistant coach for the cross-country team. Bowman was diagnosed with brain cancer
in March of last year, but continued to coach this past season.
“Coach Bowman’s dedication to his team was amazing,” said MHCC athletic director Kim Hyatt. “His love and knowledge of track and field, and his commitment to passing that on to the next generation of athletes, made him an outstanding coach and human
being. He will be missed dearly.”
Bowman’s coaching career spanned more than four decades of working with athletes at all levels of competition, from youth to seniors. He managed a successful regional club through the USA Track and Field organization, and trained with numerous World
and American record holders. He was also a firm believer that track and field was a sport that anyone could take part in, at any age.
Bowman, a father of six and grandfather of 16, also leaves behind his wife, Cheryl, of 14 years.