Porter-Gaud hires Bowles as head football coach



Brad Bowles has been hired as head football coach at Porter-Gaud, as first reported by the Moultrie News on Tuesday and then later confirmed by the school. 

Bowles, 37, has spent the past four seasons as head coach of Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C., where he led the Panthers to a 23-25 overall record.

He replaces Rick Reetz, who officially resigned in May after 10 seasons as head coach of the Cyclones. 

“We’re thrilled to have Coach Bowles join the Cyclone community,” Porter-Gaud athletics director Larry Salley said. “He has demonstrated the ability to build a successful program and a strong team culture everywhere he has been, and we look forward to him adding a new chapter to Porter-Gaud football’s long history of excellence.”

Bowles was named South Meck 7 Conference Coach of the Year after leading Providence to a 9-4 mark in 2017, just the second time in the past 12 years that the school has won nine or more games. Providence then won the conference championship in 2018. The Panthers have had 19 players sign college scholarships the past three years.

Bowles served as head football coach and athletics director at St. John’s from 2013-15. The Islanders went 14-9, winning consecutive Region 6-A championships in two seasons under Bowles, who was twice named region Coach of the Year. St. John's finished 8-4 in 2014, its best record of the past 12 years.  

Bowles spent four years as an assistant coach at Goose Creek from 2010-13, helping the Gators to their most successful run in school history with a 39-3 overall record his final three seasons, including the 2011 AAAA Division II state championship.

Bowles, a 2004 East Tennessee State University graduate, began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant at Science Hill (Tenn.), where he spent five years before moving on to spend the next three as an assistant at Austin-East (Tenn.).

Porter-Gaud has gone 71-47 the past 10 years, twice reaching the state championship game. The Cyclones went 9-3 in 2018, losing only to First Baptist and Hammond, who played each other for the state championship.

Reetz has been hired as offensive coordinator at James Island. Rising senior quarterback Gunnar Nistad, who passed for nearly 2,700 yards for Porter-Gaud last season, intends to transfer to James Island this offseason. Rising junior Legend Waring, who would've been the Cyclones’ leading returning receiver, is transferring to California.

Bowles will become just the third head football coach at Porter-Gaud since the Cyclones entered the S.C. Independent School Association in 1995. 

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