Pat Bowlin begins his 35th year in Catholic education. Bowlin is a 1983 graduate of the University of St. Thomas, where he received a degree in Social Studies-Education, with a minor in coaching. Bowlin also received a Masters Degree in Secondary Administration from St. Thomas in 1996 and a Principal's license for K-12 from the state of Minnesota in 2015.
Bowlin began his teaching career at St. Bernard’s and Hill-Murray High Schools in St. Paul, where he was a Social Studies teacher and coach. As a coach Bowlin’s teams were very successful at St. Bernard’s where his softball teams won four state championships, and his girls basketball teams won three conference championships and appeared in the 1988 state tournament.
Bowlin was hired at Cotter High School in the fall of 1991 as the Activities Director. During his tenure the school grew in size and added a number of new sports and levels of competition. Since 1991 he has been the head girls basketball and softball coach. From 1999-2010 he was also the head football coach. In basketball the Ramblers qualified for the state tournament in 2001 and 2006. The football team were tri-champions in 2001 and outright HVL champions in 2005, and section champs in 2006. In softball the Ramblers have won 20 conference championships and have qualified for the state tournament 13 times, winning the state championship in 2003 and 2006.
Bowlin is very involved in the community in promoting youth athletics. He helped start the St. Mary’s University Summer Basketball League, Morrie Miller Tackle football league, Winona Winstars Fastpitch softball, and Winona Youth Baseball. He has helped each of these groups from their inception, and lists these groups as some of his proudest accomplishments. Another area in which Bowlin was on the ground floor was the development and fundraising for Cotter Fields. "I feel great pride when I drive by the fields and see kids enjoying athletics.
Bowlin’s philosophy of education is based on the idea that learning is a life long experience and gift. I believe that every child has the right to an outstanding education. It is my hope that every student we serve at WACS will find their "element" the place where their skills and passion intersect.
Bowlin has been honored by being inducted into five Hall of Fame's. As an athlete he has been recognized by St. Paul Harding. For his coaching he is a member of the St. Bernard's and Cotter High School Hall of Fame's. Bowlin was honored by his peers by being inducted into both the Girls Basketball and Girls Softball Coaches Associations Hall of Fame's.
Pat and his wife Laurie have six children. Danielle, Devin, Patrick, Lauren, Kathleen and Gabby are all graduates of the WACS system and Cotter High School. Five of the children are college graduates and Gabrielle began her college journey in the Fall of 2017. Pat and Laurie have two grandchildren, James turned 2 in June and we welcomed Lincoln in May. For the Bowlin's their faith and family are their greatest joys.