Former Buc Pitcher Takes Job at EvansvilleAugust 20, 2007
Courtesy of Univ. of Evansville Sports Information
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--University of Evansville baseball coach David Seifert has announced the addition of Ryan Sowers to the Purple Aces’ coaching staff for the upcoming year. Sowers will serve as UE’s volunteer assistant coach and work with the Purple Aces’ pitching staff this season.
“I am really excited to be able to add Ryan to our coaching staff,” said Seifert. “I had the opportunity to coach Ryan in college, and I know that he is someone who will be a great fit for our program. He has a great work ethic and knows a lot about the game of baseball and how to succeed as a pitcher, and I think that our players will learn a lot from him this season.”
Sowers comes to UE from Covington High School in west-central Indiana, where he served this past year as the school’s pitching coach. Sowers helped the Trojans to a sectional title this past year after returning to his high school alma mater after a stellar four-year career on the diamond at the collegiate ranks.
Sowers excelled as a pitcher at both Parkland College and Charleston Southern University, winning team Most Valuable Pitcher honors at both institutions. While at Parkland College in 2003 and 2004, Sowers compiled a 14-2 overall record under the tutelage of Seifert, and the duo helped the Cobras to a fourth-place finish at the 2003 NJCAA World Series. After graduating from Parkland College, Sowers moved on to Charleston Southern University, where he won 12 games in just two seasons on the mound and was named the Buccaneers’ Most Valuable Pitcher as a senior in 2006.
Sowers was a three-sport star at Covington High School, as he excelled in baseball, basketball, and soccer for the Trojans. A four-year starter in all three sports, Sowers earned three all-county honors in both baseball and basketball at Covington and was rated as a top 100 prospect in the state of Indiana in basketball before choosing to pursue baseball at the collegiate level.
Sowers holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Charleston Southern, and will work with UE’s pitching staff while also assisting with UE’s community service efforts, camps, and annual “hit-a-thon” fundraiser this year. Sowers replaces former volunteer assistant coach Nick Jaksa on the UE coaching staff. Jaksa recently accepted a full-time assistant coaching position at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.