Bethel mourns passing of former coach

Newton Kansan
Former Bethel College women's basketball coach Floyd Sowers died Friday. Sowers was the first Bethel coach to reach 100 wins and his 106 total wins was second in school history.

Bethel College announced the death of former women’s basketball coach Floyd Sowers Friday.

Sowers coached the Threshers from 1989 to 1999. He was the first BC women’s coach to claim 100 wins. His 106 wins are second most in school history. He led the team to the KCAC post-season tournament semifinals. His teams tied the school record for most wins in a season at 16 three times (which was broken in 2019-20).

He coached three NAIA All-Americans, six NAIA Scholar-Athletes and a number of All-KCAC players during his tenure. He also led the team on a tour of Europe.

"Floyd made a great impact on women's basketball here at Bethel. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time of loss," Bethel athletic director Tony Hoops said.

"I learned many things in the four years I played basketball for coach Floyd Sowers," said assistant volleyball coach Vanessa Schroeder in a social media post. "One of the greatest things this man of faith taught me was about giving people second chances. What a great thing to take into my teaching and coaching career."

Two of Sowers’ daughters followed him into coaching. Liz Sowers was just hired as the first women’s flag football coach at Ottawa University. Katie Sowers is an assistant coach for the for the San Francisco 49ers, reaching the Super Bowl this past season.

According to the college release, a memorial service will be held at a later date.