Jim Bowles (Amsterdam, NY) has directed the Sage cross country and track and field programs after arriving at Sage in the summer of 2009. He was chosen as the inaugural coach of the men's cross country program at the college in the summer of 2009 and soon there after adding head coaching responsibilities for the women's crosse country program and the track and field teams in 2013. Bowles came to The Sage Colleges after serving the past ten seasons at nearby Division I Siena College.
When asked about Bowles addition to the department, Drews said, "With Jim Bowles at the helm of our new men's cross country team, we have been able to not only secure a head coach with over 20 years of head coaching experience, but a gentleman who lives and breathes the sport." Drews added, "We couldn't have found a better person to start a program and make us contenders in just a few years."
In his first season at the helm of the Gator program, Bowles guided the young team to several impressive team showings, while the program was also cited by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as they were named to the 2010 NCAA Division III Men’s Scholar Team for their efforts on the course and in the classroom this past season and were one of 125 teams recognized for their efforts. Bowles also had four student-athletes cited for academic prowess as they were selected to the 2010 Skyline Conference Fall Scholar-Athlete Team. Since then, he has helped the program's excel in the classroom and on the course, garnering Skyline Conference acclaim and all-star recognitions.
Bowles is still an active runner himself and very involved within the sport having served as the Elite Athlete Coordinator for the Freihofer's Run for Women as well as a member of the Capital District Track and Field Officials organization.
During his tenure at Siena, Bowles led both the men's and women's programs that have progressed in size and he helped develop hundreds of quality student-athletes. The women's team topped Siena's 18 Division I sports in the 2007-08 academic year with a 3.49 team GPA. The men's team was also one of 12 teams to post a 3.0 GPA or better (3.19).
Both the men's and women's teams were named National Academic Squads multiple times during Bowles' tenure, often earning the recognition with distinction. Bowles' student-athletes also have competed in America's premier road races, including the Boston and New York Marathons.
Siena's top finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships under Bowles came in 2002 and 2003 when the women's team finished in third place. This past fall, the women finished eighth and the men finished ninth in the MAAC Championships which were held in Orlando, Florida.
Bowles is a 1979 graduate of the University of California at Sacramento, having earned his bachelor of science degree in history and sociology. He earned a Masters' degree in 1981 from the University of Ohio-Dayton in aerospace engineering and a Masters' degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas-Jonesboro in 1983.