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Soccer assistant Bowers inducted into Hall of Fame
Former three-sport standout honored by Greece Olympia High School
September 25, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton women’s soccer assistant coach Kristie Bowers ‘07 was inducted into the Greece Olympia High School Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend. Bowers was one of five individuals honored at the Rochester-area school, where she excelled not only in soccer but basketball and track & field.
The inductees took part in a breakfast, pep rally, reception and homecoming football game, with the formal presentation of the plaques occurring during halftime of the football game. Bowers, who graduated from Olympia in 2003, shared her experiences with select members of the current Olympia varsity soccer team, who served as her escorts for the weekend – part of the school’s mentoring program.
“It was great to go back and be a part of some exciting times at Olympia,” Bowers said. “The staff and students were very welcoming and made the weekend incredibly memorable. It was great to reminisce with a few friends and coaches as well as teachers. I look forward to hearing and seeing more great athletes coming out of OHS.”
At Olympia, Bowers was an all-county selection in both soccer and basketball and also was the school’s record holder in the pole vault. She holds the school record for goalkeeper saves in a season, played in the Exceptional Senior All-Star Game in 2002 and was chosen as the school’s “Athlete of the Year” in 2003. Off the field, Bowers was a student council president, class president, musician and member of National Honor Society.
Bowers then came to Binghamton where she embarked on a successful collegiate playing career that included leading the Bearcats to the program’s first NCAA Division I tournament berth and achieving numerous personal accolades and records.
A four-year starting goalkeeper (2003-06), Bowers led the 2004 Bearcats to a 14-win campaign that included the program’s first Division I conference crown and subsequent NCAA berth. One year later, Bowers ranked fifth in the nation in save percentage and first in the America East in shutouts. She holds school records for career saves (383) and minutes played (6,544) and earned all-conference honors.
Bowers was equally invested as a student, earning a bachelor’s degree in human development with a minor in chemistry and concentration in biology. She made the America East Honor Roll every semester, held down a 3.35 cumulative GPA and was a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society and Chi Alpha Sigma College Athlete Honors Society.
Following graduation, Bowers played professionally for three years before returning to school for her master’s degree, which she earned from Western Carolina in 2009.
She is in her third season as lead assistant with the Bearcats, who enter 2013 conference play with a 5-3-1 mark.