From the Creek to the Island, Bowles leaves for St. John’s

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Goose Creek High School football coach Chuck Reedy will have to replace an assistant before the start of next season.
Outside linebackers coach Brad Bowles has taken the top job at St. John’s High School, replacing James Waring.
“St. Johns is a great opportunity,” said Bowles, an assistant under Reedy since 2009. “They’ve had incredible success in the past. They have great kids, a great administration and a great football community.  My goal is to be a part of restoring the pride on the island and helping the student athletes achieve their goals.”
Reedy said he is happy for Bowles, and he expects other Goose Creek assistants to be courted by other programs in the future.
“We are very fortunate to have a number of talented coaches on our staff,” said Reedy, whose teams have won 40 of their last 42 games. “Many on our staff will be head coaches in the near future and we are always proud and happy when one of them has the opportunity to run their own program.  Brad has done an outstanding job for us. He is very organized, knowledgeable and energetic.”
Last season, the Islanders finished 6-6 and lost in the opening round of the playoffs.
Bowles was the outside linebackers coach at GCHS for three seasons and was wide receivers coach the year before that. He also served as recruiting coordinator for the Gators.
“My time at Goose Creek has been awesome,” Bowles said. “I am extremely appreciative of Chuck for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the staff.  I have learned so much about the game.  He essentially built the program from the ground up.”
He also credited defensive coordinator Chris Candor and fellow assistants for helping him grow as a coach.
“The defensive staff that I worked with might be some of the top coaches in the state,” he said. “Their teaching ability, planning and preparation, and the way they interact with the kids has all been influential to the development of my coaching philosophy.  Chris is such a detailed guy, who demands excellence from the players, and focuses on every detail.”
Bowles is a 2000 graduate of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tenn. and also earned two varsity letters from Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach.
In 2004, Bowles received a degree in physical education from East Tennessee State.

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