LSU women’s soccer coach George Fotopoulos filled the remaining vacancy on his coaching staff on March 19, 2001, announcing the hiring of Scott Bowers.
Bowers comes to LSU after spending the 2000 season as an assistant with both the men’s and women’s programs at Salisbury State (Md.). He helped guide the Salisbury State women’s team to a 20-1-2 record and the Southeast Regional championship, while helping to the men’s squad to a 17-3 record and an NCAA appearance.
A standout goalkeeper at Salisbury State from 1992-95, Bowers will come in and work with an already strong nucleus of LSU keepers, anchored by Bonnie Otillio who led the SEC with eight shutouts a year ago.
“Scott comes to us with a wealth of goalkeeping experience and knowledge,” said Fotopoulos. “I think our keepers did well last year but there is always room for improvement. Scott will be a big piece of the puzzle to help us continue to reach the elite national level of programs.
“My philosophy is that goalkeeping is the most important element and to have someone with Scott’s knowledge of the position, and the game overall, will benefit our program.”
While the 2000 season was Bowers’ first with the Salisbury men’s program, he spent the last six years with its women’s program and helped develop the Fighting Seagulls into a traditional Division III power.
After concluding a successful collegiate career in 1995, Bowers went on to play two seasons professionally for the Ocean City Sharks (Md.). Bowers owns a Class “D” coaching license and has worked extensively on the women’s club soccer scene in Maryland.