Big news out of Ithaca, N.Y., this afternoon as Rich Bowman — after 30 years of service as an associate and assistant coach at Cornell — has been named as the head coach of the Big Red women’s track and field team. He takes the reins from Lou Duesing, who will become a part-time assistant coach and step back from full-time coaching.
In addition, longtime assistant Artie Smith was promoted to full-time and will primarily be responsible for coaching the cross country team and distance runners.
Bowman, whose focus has been with the sprint-hurdle crew at Cornell, has coached more than 100 Heps champions and 45 record setters in Ithaca. The Big Red has claimed 35 Ivy League track and field team championships with him on the coaching staff.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to direct the Big Red Women’s track and field and cross country programs,” said Bowman. “Our goals, as in past years, are to insure competitive opportunities for the members of the women’s team and provide for their welfare in a highly-charged academic environment. Past teams have nurtured a long tradition of both academic and athletic excellence and have repeatedly earned honors for their work in the classroom while securing the top Division I status in the Northeast region. My staff and I are thrilled about what lies ahead for the future of Big Red women’s track and field and cross country.”
“It was an honor and a privilege to serve as the George E. Heekin Coach of Track for nine years, and then as the Alan B. and Elizabeth Heekin-Harris Coach of Women’s Track since 1999. With this administrative restructuring of the staff, there will be little that changes for the student-athletes since the person who has been coaching them will continue to do so.
“Rich Bowman and Artie Smith have been tremendously loyal to Cornell and Cornell Track, and have been outstanding coaches and mentors to so many Big Red athletes through their years here. I am very fortunate to be able to continue to do what I have always loved doing, and that is coaching. I’m not ready to retire, and I won’t be for a while yet. I am excited about this new chapter in Cornell Track, and am looking forward to the future.”