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Bethel mourns death of former basketball coach Sowers

Submitted by mzuercher on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 15:53
Floyd Sowers coaching women's basketball at Bethel

Bethel athletics and members of the campus community are mourning the loss of Floyd Sowers, former head coach of Thresher women's basketball.

Sowers died June 19 in Overland Park, Kan., with his family at his side. He was 72.

According to his obituary, Sowers was born in 1947 in Elkhart, Ind., and was the first person in his family to graduate from high school. At Wakarusa (Ind.) High, “he was a star basketball player and also got straight As in music – a real-life Troy Bolton.”

Bethel enjoys a coaching connection to groundbreaking Kansan

Submitted by mzuercher on Wed, 01/29/2020 - 16:15
Floyd Sowers on the sidelines in Thresher Gym with one of his Bethel women's teams

Floyd Sowers coached women's basketball at Bethel 1989-99 – and now his daughter Katie is the first female coach to go to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LIV, Feb. 2 in Miami, pits the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs but, perhaps surprisingly, it’s not the Chiefs that are drawing the extra attention.

Niners offensive assistant coach Katie Sowers is making history as the first female and openly LGBTQ coach to go to the Super Bowl.

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