Terry Bowe enters his 15th season associated with the Lakeland men's basketball program and his 12th as the head coach. Since his arrival, Lakeland has achieved unprecedented success, winning the program's first two District Championships in 2011 and 2012. Individual and team successes have come hand-in-hand under Bowe, as Lakeland is one of just two schools in the nation (NJCAA Div. II) to boast First Team All-Americans in 2011 and 2012 (Ray Chambers and Brendan Cooper).
Bowe's tenure with the Lakers began in 1999 as an assistant under Willis Brown. The Cleveland native took the reins as head coach in 2004 and led the Lakers to a 29-32 record through his first two years. The Lakers would go 38-10 from 2005-07 but remained at or near the .500 mark from 2007-09. The 2009-10 season saw the Lakers make the jump by posting a 19-12 record and finishing second in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). Bowe was named OCCAC Coach of the Year following the season.
The 2010-11 season was a historical one, as Bowe and the Lakers went 24-12 en route to their first District Championship in program history. Lakeland advanced to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament where it finished eighth in the country.
In 2011-12, Lakeland repeated as District Champions and once again advanced to the National Tournament. The Lakers won their first two games to advance to the Final Four before falling to eventual national champion Mott Community College in the national semifinals. Lakeland finished the year with a 27-10 overall record, good for the most wins since the 1991-92 season.
Bowe leads the OCCAC in wins among active coaches and currently ranks second in school history with 173 victories. His playing career began at nearby Benedictine High School where he led the Bengals to a pair of regional and district finals. He went on to play four years at NCAA Division III Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio under coach Steve Bankson.
Bowe holds a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Communications and Human Resources from Baldwin-Wallace. He also earned a master's degree in Applied Communications and Methodology from Cleveland State University and a master's degree in Human Resources Management from Capella University.
He and his wife, Monica, live in Macedonia with their young daughter Kaia and the blessed memory of their son, TJ.