The 36th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Coach Dan Bowling
When Dan Bowling retired at the end of the 2010 baseball season, the Big Blue not only lost one of the finest coaches in the school’s history, but it was departure of one of the state’s all-time best coaches.
Bowling’s baseball teams won 20 or more games in 25 of his 28 seasons, including two 30-victory seasons and, at one point, enjoyed a 17-year streak 20+-victory seasons.
Over all, Coach Bowling compiled a staggering 655-207 career record, for a .760 winning percentage. His career victory total ranks 9th all-time in Ohio baseball coaching history.
Bowling won the Ohio High School Division I state championship in both 1983 and 1997. His 1997 team finished the year ranked No. 2 in the nation by Baseball America – the sixth time in his career to have a nationally-ranked team. The 1983 team finished No. 2 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball.
Bowling’s teams won four Southwest Ohio Regional titles and won or shared 15 Greater Miami Conference championships. The Big Blue won five Cincinnati city poll championships and one Ohio State Baseball Coaches Association poll.
Coach Bowling has had 16 players drafted by Major League Baseball, including three major leaguers – 1st round picks Mark Lewis (Cleveland, 1988), Aaron Cook (Colorado) and Ricky Stone (Los Angeles Dodgers/Cincinnati).
In addition to Bowling’s induction in to the LaRosa’s High School Hall of Fame, he also has been inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002, the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame (1998) and the Hamilton High School Hall of Fame in 2011.
He was named National Coach of the Year in 1997 (USSSA), Southwest Ohio Coach of the Year twice (1983 and 1997), five times named Cincinnati Coach of the Year by the 06/26/2011 and GMC Coach of the Year 12 times.
Bowling was an outstanding baseball player in his own right, being selected all-state in 1969 when he played at Hamilton Garfield (now Hamilton HS).
Now retired, Dan Bowling was a teacher for 29 years in the Hamilton City Schools system. He has two children – Damon (36) and Darcie (31).