Randy "Bo" Bowman

HOF Class of 2010

Born in Rockford, IL, in 1936, Coach Randy "Bo" Bowman was a coach, a teacher and an icon at LeRoy High School for 25 years. He taught driver's education, served as the school's athletic director and coached wrestling, football and track and field.

 

To his students, he was a mentor, friend and occasional father figure. He sincerely desired to help everyone excel. His tools were his whistle, his smile, his humor, his courage, his bark, his ruler and his devotion. He taught that if you put in the effort, anyone can be successful regardless of their skill level.

 

He also taught the value and camaraderie of teamwork and challenged his students to acquire discipline through extracurricular activities, particularly athletics. At times, that discipline helped his students graduate. He never gave up on any of them and was an exceptional role model. Today, his students credit him with helping them to become successful in the game of life.

 

He retired from coaching and teaching in 1991. Afterward, he continued to work for the school district as a bus driver. Several generations of LeRoy's youth benefited from his wise council and positive influence. LeRoy's city park is named in his honor, as is the school's annual wrestling tournament. He passed away in January 2009.

 

Coach Bo's record:

  • LeRoy Wrestling Coaching Dual Record: 407 wins, 89 losses and five ties – winning 82% of his meets
  • Central Illinois Class A Wrestling Coach of the Year, 1983-84
  • Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame, 1994