AVCA: Who or what has made you want to pursue coaching?
Patrick Bowlin: I've been around athletics and coaching my entire life. I had the opportunity to spend time with my dad who has had a lot of success at the high school level coaching girls basketball, softball, and football. I remember being at every practice and every game and coaching quickly became a part of me at an early age. Over the past few years, I became immersed in the volleyball coaching world and feel like I've found my own niche. I've had the opportunity to coach my younger sisters, and I've really been fortunate to work with a lot of talented and hard-working people over the past few years. My coaching journey is moving quickly, and I've enjoyed every step of the way.
AVCA: Who or what has been your biggest coaching influence?
PB: I certainly would not be where I am today without the help of a number of people. First off, my dad has had a huge impact on my decision to pursue coaching as a profession. His winning percentages, conference titles, section titles, and state titles are impressive, but the thing I admire most is the impact he has had on his players in teaching life lessons through athletics. On the volleyball side of things, my mom spent a few years as a head varsity coach, and I enjoyed following her teams and learning about the game from her. My godfather, Nick Whaley, presented me with my first volleyball coaching opportunity when he asked me to help with his high school's summer program and has been a great mentor for me throughout my coaching career so far. Lonnie Morken has taught me a lot about the game, and I admire his passion for the sport and ability to get the most out of his players. My first college experience at the College of Saint Benedict was outstanding thanks to the trust Nicole Hess and Amanda Anderson had in me. Walt and Tracey Weaver provided great insight as I pursued options to get involved with a Division I program. Currently, I am fortunate to be learning from a great staff at Marquette University in Bond Shymansky, Craig Dyer, and Michaela Franklin. I've certainly been blessed with a number of great coaching mentors.
AVCA: Please list your past and present coaching/playing experiences:
2012: Marquette University Volunteer Assistant
2012: Lakeville North Juniors 15-1 Co-Head Coach
2011: College of Saint Benedict Student Assistant Coach
2010-2011: Saint John's University Men's Club Team
2010-2011: College of Saint Benedict Women's Club Head Coach
2009-2011: Assistant Camp Coach at Satellite Camps with Lonnie Morken
2009-2011: Summer Program Coordinator at Cotter Schools in Winona, MN
AVCA: What are you most looking forward to at the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention?
PB: There are many things I am looking forward to at the Convention. I've heard from numerous people about what a great experience the convention is. As a young coach, I am always eager to learn more about the game. Some of the events I am looking forward to include: the educational sessions as the speakers and topics look outstanding, the opportunities to meet and interact with several coaches from across the country, and getting to know the other Coaches 4 Coaches scholarship recipients. However, if I had to choose one thing, I would say I am most looking forward to the semifinal and championship matches. My experience at the Division I level has been great so far, and I'm excited to see the very best battle it out.