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Canton McKinley selects Bryant Bowden to coach boys basketball team

By Michael Beaven Published: June 2, 2014

Former Canton McKinley High School boys basketball star Bryant Bowden is set to be named the head coach of his alma mater.

Canton City Schools Superintendent Adrian Allison announced Monday he will recommend Bowden as the next boys basketball head coach to the Board of Education at a 6 p.m. meeting on June 16 at McKinley.

“Coach Bowden has a special passion for the youth of Canton and for McKinley basketball,” Allison said in a press release.

“He has a unique understanding of the success and tradition of McKinley Senior High School basketball. Most importantly, his vision for the program is consistent with the district’s vision of ensuring that the young men under his care understand that they are students first and athletes second. He is an excellent role model for our students.”

Bowden, a 1992 McKinley graduate, was a three-year player on Bulldogs teams that compiled a 66-8 record and reached two state final fours. He was a first team All-Ohio pick in 1992 when he was the top scorer and rebounder on McKinley’s 24-2 team that lost in overtime in the state semifinals to Lima.

Bowden proceeded to play four years on the DePaul University men's basketball team.

Bowden works for the district as student adviser at the Compton Learning Center as has served as a McKinley assistant basketball coach during two stints.

“I am proud to have this opportunity,” Bowden said in the release. “I know first hand the impact student-athletes have on the culture and climate of a school.”

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