|Position:||Assistant Coach-Running Backs|
Tim Bowens joined the Georgia State staff as running backs coach in February 2018.
In his first season with the Panthers, Bowens coached a very young group of running backs but the GSU offense set school records with 2,057 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground, improving its rushing average by nearly 60 yards per game over the previous season.
Bowens came to Atlanta after four years (2014-17) on the South Alabama staff, including the last three seasons as running backs coach. During his time in Mobile, he coached two-time All-Sun Belt Conference running back Xavier Johnson, who finished as the Jaguars’ career rushing leader.
He began his South Alabama tenure in 2014 as the receivers coach and helped the Jaguars earn the first bowl berth in program history.
Before going to South Alabama in 2014, Bowens spent two seasons (2012-13) as wide receivers coach at Samford, where his efforts helped the 2013 Bulldog squad to the Southern Conference title and a berth in the NCAA FCS playoffs. He worked with current Georgia State offensive coordinator Travis Trickett and receivers coach Trent McKnight at Samford, which led the Southern Conference in both passing (292.8 ypg) and total (415.6 ypg) offense as three of Bowens’ wideouts were among the top six in receiving yards per game.
Bowens also coached wide receivers at UAB for five years (2007-11). Before that, he spent four years (2002-06) on the staff at Alabama, his alma mater, in various roles including assistant director of operations and director of high school/NFL relations before serving assistant wide receivers coach in 2006 while Charlie Harbison was sidelined due to injury.
Bowens began his coaching career in the high school ranks, serving as the offensive coordinator at Coffee (Ala.) High School before becoming head coach at Tanner (Ala.) High. The Decatur Daily named him the Limestone County Coach of the Year in 2002.
A wide receiver at Alabama from 1996-99, Bowens helped the Crimson Tide to one Southeastern Conference title, two SEC West Division titles and three bowl games. He earned his degree n human environmental sciences from Alabama in 2000.
Bowens, a native of Florence, Ala., and his wife, Kesha, have sons Timothy, Taylor, Tanner and Christian and daughter Kallie.