Liam Bowen was named assistant baseball coach at UMBC in September 2011. He serves as the program’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
In just Bowen’s second year in control of the Retriever pitching staff, the UMBC hurlers lowered the team ERA (4.78) by over four points from the previous season. With an improved staff, the ball club made an eight-win improvement from 2012 going 18-30 overall with a 9-21 mark in America East play, the squad’s best record since 2008. Junior reliever Jon Cohn led the resurgence, gaining a spot on the All-Conference First Team.
Bowen came to Baltimore after working as the pitching coach for Lincoln Memorial during the 2011 season. The team’s ERA fell from 7.67 the year before to 5.42 in 2011.
Before joining the Division II school, Bowen worked at St. Mary’s College (Md.) for four seasons, where the team’s ERA dropped from 7.25 in 2006 to 4.60 in 2009.
“Liam has a great record as a pitching coach,” Mumma said. “He comes highly recommended and will be a tremendous help to our pitching staff. Plus he gets to return to the area where he grew up, so it’s a great fit.”
Bowen earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from Macalester College in Minnesota in 2006. He was named All-Conference and also selected as the team’s most valuable player in 2004.