Bowen with the Tennessee Titans in 2019
|Position:||Outside Linebackers coach|
|Born:||December 9, 1986|
|High school:||Pickerington Central High School|
Bowen played safety for Pickerington Central High School from 2001 to 2004. In his junior year, Bowen was selected to the second team All-Ohio Capital Conference team. In his senior year, he piled up 188 tackles and three interceptions. As a result, he awarded the Ohio Capital Conference Player of the year. He was also awarded first team All-Central District honors and the Associated Press’ second team All-Ohio honors. One of Bowen's teammates at Pickerington Central was A. J. Trapasso, a punter who was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an unrestricted free agent.
Bowen received college football scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Iowa State and Vanderbilt. In May 2005, he committed to play for coach Chan Gailey at Georgia Tech. Bowen, however, did not join the program until 2006. He sat out the fall 2005 season, working part-time at a Pickerington pizza restaurant. Bowen's 2006 Yellow Jackets recruiting class included Demaryius Thomas, a wide receiver and first round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Bowen played safety in high school, but he converted to the linebacker position at Georgia Tech. In his three years with the Yellow Jackets, he totaled 54 tackles and five sacks. His last game as a player was November 20, 2008 against then-23rd ranked Miami. He had five tackles and a sack in the team's 41-23 upset victory. In the team's following game against Boston College, Bowen was scheduled to play his 39th consecutive game and make his first start of the season; however, a routine check-up revealed a cervical disc displacement. This injury ended Bowen's playing career.
As a student, Bowen was named to the Dean's List three times. In 2009, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from Georgia Tech. In 2014, he earned a master's degree in workforce development and education, also from Georgia Tech.
The injury that ended Bowen's playing career in his junior season did not keep him away from the team's sideline in his senior year. In 2009, Bowen began his coaching career as a student assistant at Georgia Tech. He finished the year assisting with the linebackers before being named an offensive graduate assistant in 2010. He held that position for two years. In 2012, Urban Meyer became the head coach at Ohio State. Bowen joined Meyer's coaching team as a defensive graduate assistant where he assisted the team's defensive line coach, Mike Vrabel. The Buckeyes concluded the year with a 12-0 mark and ranked No. 3 nationally.In 2013, Kennesaw State launched its football program and hired Brian Bohannon as the team's first head coach. Bohannon was the quarterbacks coach at Georgia Tech when Bowen served as a graduate assistant. One of Bohannon's first additions to his staff was Bowen. In 2015, the Owls defied expectations and finished its inaugural season with a winning record with Bowen serving as the team's linebackers coach.
In 2016, Bowen began his NFL coaching career with the Houston Texans as a defensive assistant where he reunited with Mike Vrabel, the Texans linebackers coach. Bowen served in this position for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Houston finished the 2016 season with the NFL's top-ranked defense for the first time in franchise history, surrendering an average of only 301.3 total net yards per game. They also gave up the fewest first downs (17.0) and second-fewest net passing yards (201.6) per game. In 2017, Vrabel was promoted to Defensive Coordinator. Under Vrabel's guidance and Bowen's assistance, the Texans ranked fifth in the NFL in third-down defense and set a franchise record for fewest yards per carry by opponents (3.97).
On January 20, 2018, Vrabel was named head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Ten days later, on January 30, Vrabel named Bowen as the team's outside linebacker coach. Bowen's new role reunited him with Derrick Morgan, a defensive teammate during Bowen's playing career at Georgia Tech. Morgan was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Titans. He played nine years with the Titans at outside linebacker. Bowen had the honor of serving as Morgan's position coach in 2018, his last season in the NFL. Morgan retired after the end of the season.
In 2018, the Titans defense ranked eighth overall (333.4 yards per game), third in points allowed (18.9 per game), 10th on third down (36.6 percent) and second in the red zone (44.7 touchdown percentage). Bowen helped two rookies—second-round draft pick Harold Landry III and undrafted free agent Sharif Finch—combine for six sacks. In 2019, the Titans defensive back was again a top-10 unit in passing yards and interceptions. The Titans made the playoffs, but lost in the AFC Championship game, just one game away from the Super Bowl.
After the 2019 season, Titans defensive coordinator, Dean Pees, retired. Beginning with the 2020 season, Head Coach Mike Vrabel assumed many of the duties once held by Pees. However, Vrabel entrusted Bowen with the role of defensive play caller.
On September 25, 2020, Bowen tested positive for Covid-19 and remains apart from the team until he clears all league-mandated protocols.
Bowen is the son of Phil and Cathy Bowen. He has a brother, Brett, and sister, Heidi. Shane Bowen and his wife, Courtney, have one daughter, Harper Belle. Shane first met Courtney (formally Courtney Keck) in 2011 while he was a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech. She was hired that year by Georgia Tech as the football team's Administrative Coordinator for Recruiting. They were married on June 20, 2015. Courtney holds both a bachelor's degree in public relations and master's degree in sports management from the University of Tennessee.
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