Joe Bowen enters his first season at Michigan State as a defensive graduate assistant. Bowen spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant at Miami-Ohio, where he coached both the defensive backs and outside linebackers. Bowen coached in the St. Petersburg Bowl last season, as he helped guide the RedHawks to their first bowl appearance in six years.
Prior to his role as a graduate assistant, Bowen worked all four years for the RedHawk football program as an undergraduate. He spent his first year as a student assistant for the director of football operations, then switched duties to become a student assistant coach.
Bowen worked with the wide receivers and tight ends for two seasons and spent his final year and a half as an offensive intern with the quarterbacks before changing sides of the ball to defense as a graduate assistant. During his time at Miami-Ohio as a student assistant, Bowen worked with former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, who was the head coach at Miami from 2011-13.
Bowen attended Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School where he played for Coach Todd Kolster and set the program single-season record for tackles (146). He was a three-sport captain, winning a state championship his senior year in both football and hockey. Bowen earned all-conference honors in both football and hockey, while garnering all-state honors in lacrosse.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bowen graduated from Miami-Ohio in 2015 with a degree in finance and a minor in coaching from the kinesiology department. He graduated with his master’s of science in kinesiology in 2017 and is currently pursuing a master’s in arts and education.