Brad Bowles

Former Goose Creek High School assistant football coach Brad Bowles talks to a group of campers in 2013.

A former Goose Creek High School assistant football coach who left the area for a top job in the Charlotte area has returned to the Lowcountry.

Brad Bowles was announced as the new head football coach at Porter-Gaud on Tuesday, June 11.

“We’re thrilled to have Coach Bowles join the Cyclone community,” Porter-Gaud athletics director Larry Salley said. “He has demonstrated the ability to build a successful program and a strong team culture everywhere he has been, and we look forward to him adding a new chapter to Porter-Gaud Football’s long history of excellence.”

The Cyclones were 9-3 in 2018, losing only to state finalists First Baptist and Hammond.

Bowles replaces Rick Reetz, who resigned in May after 10 seasons as head coach of the Cyclones. Reetz is the new offensive coordinator at James Island, one of the Gators’ Region 7-AAAAA foes.

Bowles, 37, spent the past four seasons as head coach of Providence High School in Charlotte, where he led the Panthers to a 23-25 overall record.

Before Providence, Bowles manned two posts in the Charleston area. Bowles was an assistant coach at Goose Creek from 2009-12 under Chuck Reedy. He led the receivers for one year and outside linebackers the other three seasons. The Gators compiled a 39-3 overall record from 2010-12 and won the 2011 AAAA Division II state championship.

He left the Creek for the Island in the spring of 2013 and guided the St. John’s Islanders to a 14-9 record and back-to-back Region 6-A championships in two seasons.

At Providence, Bowles was named South Meck 7 Conference Coach of the Year after leading Providence to a 9-4 mark in 2017, just the second time in the past 12 years that the school had won nine or more games. Providence then won the conference championship in 2018. The Panthers signed 19 players to college scholarships the past three years.

Bowles, a 2004 East Tennessee State University graduate, began his coaching career in 2002 as an assistant at Science Hill (Tenn.), where he spent five years before moving on to spend the next three as an assistant at Austin-East (Tenn.).

Bowles will become just the third head football coach at Porter-Gaud since the Cyclones entered the S.C. Independent School Association in 1995.