STATE COLLEGE, PA.-Former University of New Hampshire head football coach Bill Bowes was the recipient of the Alumni Athlete Award at the annual State College Quarterback Club's Awards Banquet on Dec. 3.
Bowes, the UNH head coach from 1992-98, compiled a record of 175-106-5 with the Wildcat football program, making him the all-time winningest coach in school history. A native of Blanchard, Pa., he attended Lock Haven High School and played end at Penn State under Coach Rip Engle, serving as captain in 1964. Following his graduation in 1965, Bowes was a graduate assistant with the Nittany Lions and then moved on to coach the UNH offensive line in 1966. He was an assistant coach at Boston College from 1968-71 before earning the head job in Durham and going on to win four Yankee Conference championships.
Another key award at the banquet included first-team All-Big Ten defensive end Justin Kurpeikis receiving the Hall Foundation Award as the most outstanding senior on the Penn State squad. Seven other Penn State players were honored for their achievements during the 2000 season.