NAME: Robert Clecker Bowden
BORN: Nov. 8, 1929 in Birmingham, Ala.
COLLEGE: Howard (now Samford), 1953; Graduate degree Peabody College.
WIFE: The former Julia Ann Estock.
CHILDREN: Robyn, Steve, Tommy, Terry, Ginger, Jeff.
1954-55 — Assistant football and head track coach at Howard (Samford).
1956-58 — Head football coach and athletic director at South Georgia Junior College.
1959-62 — Head football coach at Samford College
1963-65 — Assistant coach (receivers) at Florida State
1966-69 — Offensive Coordinator at West Virginia
1970-75 — Head coach at West Virginia
1976-Present — Head coach at Florida State
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1993, 1999.
NOTES: Second-winningest major-college coach of all time. ... The only coach in the history of Division I-A football to compile 14 straight 10-win seasons (1987-2000). ... Set an NCAA record with 11 consecutive bowl wins (1985-95) and 14 straight bowl trips without a loss (1982-95). ... Suffered from rheumatic fever as a 13-year-old and was confined to his room for one year. Recovered and became a star high school quarterback and spent one semester at Alabama before transferring to Howard College (now Samford). ... A World War II history buff, Bowden is a voracious reader on the subject.