Panthers News · Steve Bowyer named Aquatics Director/Asst. AD


On Monday, August 19th the West Ottawa Board of Education approved the naming of Steve Bowyer to the role of Aquatics Director/Assistant Athletic Director.

Bowyer who has served as a teacher for 14 years and a coach for 15 years is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. “After 14 fantastic years of teaching at WO I am extremely grateful for this new opportunity. I look forward to continuing to serve the community my family and I are proud to be a part of”.

The Athletic Department at West Ottawa which manages 29 High School and 14 Middle School sport offerings will now have Bowyer to oversee its Aquatics program. The hiring of Bowyer will help to assist in the day to day operations of the department, while creating more opportunities for the students and members of the West Ottawa community to get involved in athletics. West Ottawa Athletic Director Bill Kennedy said, “The addition of Coach Bowyer who has not only experience, but successful experience, will enhance our department and benefit so many in our community. This is a great day for West Ottawa, I cannot say more about our administration and board who was open to the idea and ultimately made it happen”

Coach Bowyer will continue in his role as Varsity Head Coach for both Girls and Boys Swim programs and will oversee the Water Polo, West Ottawa Swim Club, and USA Swim programs as well. He will also begin to develop opportunities for those in the community to utilize the facilities through programs such as lap swim, water aerobics, and swim lessons.

With two pools and a successful tradition of aquatic sports West Ottawa is excited to continue the development in these areas. Bowyer will look to build upon the foundation that has been established. “In this role I look forward to strengthening and developing community offerings within our aquatics program. I am also excited to help support the athletic department in offering extensive learning opportunities for West Ottawa student athletes” said Bowyer.