Dan Bowersox credits his early development tin sports to his father, Earl, who coached football and basketball at Montgomery School, and mother, Carol, who taught physical education and coached the girls Army-Navy basketball games at Ashland High School. Growing up in that environment, he eagerly participated in four sports, but in high school concentrated on football and baseball and starred in both of them.
For three years, he started for the Arrows and was the leading ground gainer in 1970, 1971, and 1972. In his junior year in football, he was not only the leading rusher and scorer, but he made first team All-Conference in helping win the Cardinal Conference title. He was also named the most valuable offensive back. As a senior, he again led the scoring, served as captain, was offensive MVP in the conference, was named first team All-Northwest District, and special mention All-Ohio. The team again won the Conference under Coach Dienstberger. As a place kicker, Bowersox made 42 of 50 attempts, which set a school record.
In baseball, Dan was also a three-year letterman as a pitcher and center-fielder. He was named senior captain and maintained a .327 batting average. At the time of his graduation in 1973, he was selected as Ashland High School Athlete of the Year.
A well-rounded student, he was selected to attend the American Legion-sponsored Buckeye Boy’s State between his junior and senior years in high school. For four summers he improved his baseball skills while playing on Ashland’s American Legion Junior Baseball Team.
Bowersox chose to continue his education as well as his athletic career at Baldwin-Wallace College. As a member of the Yellow Jackets’ football team, his prowess in rushing and scoring won him three letters. He set a single game record of 231 yards and a season record of 1,051 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry, which led the Ohio Conference. In the Conference championship game, he rushed for 161 yards, making first-team honors.
The Cleveland Touchdown Club saluted him in 1976 as the local College Player of the Year. He was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
Bowersox lettered two years as a pitcher on the Baldwin-Wallace baseball team, but arm troubles canceled out his senior year.
Along with his dad, he says he lives and dies with the fortunes of the Detroit Tigers.
Today, Bowersox resides in Strongsville, Ohio, with his wife, Leigh Ann, and 7-year-old son, Kirk. He plays softball and golf in his leisure time. As Senior Property Manager for Bank One Corporation, he is responsible for the management of Bank One’s major office buildings in Northeast Ohio, working out of the Brecksville Office.
Nominator: Earl Bowersox