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Carl Bowser was an all-conference football player at Bakersfield College
Coach Bowser began his career at Bakersfield College as an assistant coach in 1967, taking over as head coach in 1984.
He retired in 1994 after 11 seasons at the helm, compiling an impressive 83-31-1 record with eight conference championships, one state title and one national championship.
His teams played in six bowl games and Carl is a four-time conference coach of the year and California Community College Coach of the Year in 1988.
Carl Bowser was also Director of Athletics at Bakersfield College for 7 years.
Mr. Carl Bowser – Carl grew up near Bakersfield High School watching football practices. He sometimes would take rides home on the bicycle handlebars of such Drillers as Frank Gifford. Carl attended and played football as a starter for BHS and Bakersfield College. He taught and coached in high schools then came to B.C. in 1977 and served as an assistant football coach for seven years. He was elevated to Head Football Coach of the Renegades in 1984 and served for eleven impressive seasons with a win-loss record of 83-31-3. His Renegades won eight Metropolitan Conference football titles, seven Potato Bowl games, and his 1988 team went undefeated with an 11-0 record and finished the season defeating Fullerton 30-24 in the Potato Bowl Game at Memorial Stadium. That team was named California and National JC Football champs by Grid Wire.
A story that should not be forgotten: Carl Bowser with Larry Austin and Joe Copeland”.
It was October 29, 1960, and the Cal Poly Mustangs had just played and lost to Bowling Green University in Ohio. Their plane was taking off from the Toledo Airport when it crashed. Carl Bowser survived but seventeen players and one booster were instantly killed. Two of the dead were Carl’s best friends from Bakersfield, Larry Austin and Joe Copeland. Larry and Joe had been born one day apart in the same hospital in Bakersfield. Their mothers had become friends in the hospital and the boys grew up playing together. Copeland became the popular Student Body President at Bakersfield High School during the 1954-1955 school year and the three friends played football for the Drillers, Renegades, and Mustangs. Larry and Joe were sitting together in the plane when they died. Carl named his first son “Larry Joe” after his two friends.)
-- Bob Covey