Zips fire head coach Terry Bowden

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Akron Zips will have a new head football coach in 2019. Terry Bowden will not return.

He was fired following a 4-8 season. The team went 2–6 in Mid-American Conference action.


“I’ve been told that I would not be retained at The University of Akron,” Bowden said. “It saddens me that I will not be able to work through this with my coaches and players. But the University feels it is time to bring in new leadership and a new direction. I want to thank the University of Akron for giving me this opportunity. I want to thank all of my assistant coaches, support staff, and players who helped turn this program around, especially our Senior Class which was one of the most productive in our Division I history.

“It’s been one of the greatest joys of my life to come to Akron and build this program, but also for the great relationships, I have established.  I am blessed to have the greatest fellowship of friends here in this community. I want nothing but the best for the University of Akron and all of Zips Nation.”

As the Zips head coach, he was 35-2. His best season at the school was in 2015 when he guided the team to an 8-5 record and a win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

That was his only winning season at the school. He guided the team to a 7-7 record in 2017 and a loss in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Bowden is 175-114-2 as a college football head coach. He also was 29-9 as the North Alabama Lions head coach. He was 47-17-1 as the Auburn Tigers head coach.

He also was 45-23-1 as the Samford Bulldogs head coach. He also was 19-13 as the Salem Tigers head coach.

The 62-year-old Douglas, Georgia native also was the Zips quarterbacks coach in 1986. He also was a graduate assistant with the Florida State Seminoles in 1982 under his father Bobby Bowden.

The Zips won the first two games of the season. They defeated the Morgan State Bears, 41-7, on September 8th at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, Ohio. One week later, Akron defeated the Northwestern Wildcats, 39-34, at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois.

The team then lost three straight games. They were defeated by the Iowa State Cyclones, Miami (Ohio) RedHawks, and the Buffalo Bulls.

The team improved to .500 with a 24-23 win in overtime over the Kent State Golden Flashes on October 20th. The team won its final game of the season on October 27th, as they won 17-10 over the Central Michigan Chippewas.

The Zips lost the final five games of the season. They were defeated by the Northern Illinois Huskies, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Bowling Green Falcons, Ohio Bobcats, and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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