Liam Bowen was named assistant baseball coach at UMBC in September 2011, and was promoted to associate head coach for the 2018 season.
Bowen leads the pitching staff, and serves as recruiting coordinator for the Retrievers. During the 2017 season, Bowen's pitching staff surrendered just three runs en route to the school's first America East Championship and third NCAA Tournament appearance. Bowen recruited the 2017 America East Rookie of the Year, Christian Torres.
During his tenure at UMBC, Bowen has vastly improved the Retriever pitching staff, lowering the team ERA from 9.01 in 2012 to 3.30 in 2015, the best in the country over that span. The program set many pitching records in 2015, including Conrad Wozniak setting the best single season ERA (1.48), most strikeouts in a single season (351), and Denis Mikush recording the most saves in a season (6). During his tenure, two relievers earned First Team All-America East honors, with Wozniak earning Pitcher of the Year and Matt Chanin earning Rookie of the Year.
As a recruiting coordinator, Bowen has helped turn the program around. In 2015 the team won 34 games the most in a season since 2002. Since 2012, Bowen has recruited and coached three Freshman All-Americans, 13 All-Conference selections and seven All-Rookie selections in his four years in Baltimore.
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.
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.