Jonathan Bowden is in his first season as an assistant coach at Memphis. He joins head coach Grant Robbins' staff after one year as an assistant for both the men's and women's programs at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.
In his only season with the Generals, Bowden helped the men's squad to seven top-10 finishes, including four top-fives. One of those top-five performances came at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships, where Washington and Lee placed fourth. The other three top-five showings were at the Bridgewater Tom Kinder Memorial (3rd), Randolph-Macon Ted Keller Memorial (4th) and Guilford Pine Needles Intercollegiate (2nd).
Bowden helped coach two Generals to All-ODAC postseason honors in Teddy Corcoran (first team) and Patrick Clossin (third team). Corcoran and Clossin also were named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State Team.
The Washington and Lee men's golf program, with Bowden on staff, had just as impressive a year in the classroom in 2012-13. The Generals were among 25 NCAA Division III programs that earned a Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Team Academic Award for posting a team grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Individually, nine golfers earned ODAC Academic All-Conference distinction.
On the women's side, Bowden was a part of school history in the Generals' first year of collegiate competition. The women's program, which had a developmental year in 2011-12, carded five top-10 showings, including three top-fives, in 2012-13. Among those three top-five finishes was a third-place showing at the inaugural ODAC Women's Golf Championships. Two Generals -- Rachael Wright (second team) and Sara Moir (third team) -- earned All-ODAC recognition, and three golfers earned ODAC Academic All-Conference honors.
Prior to his time at Washington and Lee, Bowden held positions at several golf clubs and camps. In the spring of 2010, he returned to his high school alma mater, Easley High School, to assist with the Green Wave's varsity and junior varsity golf programs.
From 2005-09, Bowden attended Furman University and was a member of the Paladins golf program. A four-year letterwinner, the Easley, S.C., native carded 12 top-20 performances, including two top-10 finishes. Bowden, who played in 37 collegiate tournaments, served as team captain his junior (2007-08) and senior (2008-09) seasons. He finished his junior campaign (2007-08) ranked among the top-20 golfers in the Southern Conference, coming in 17th with a 74.06 stroke average.
Bowden graduated from Furman University in May of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Bowden grew up in a golf family, with his grandfather playing collegiately at the University of Georgia, his father at Georgia Tech and his brother who joined him at Furman. His father, Bo, was a teammate of Larry Mize at Georgia Tech and has been a PGA golf professional for 30 years. His brother, Daniel, is playing on the eGolf Pro Tour in Charlotte, N.C.