Dean F. Bowyer
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.
- School Mayville State College
- Born ~1944
Dean Bowyer played 3 seasons in the minors then became a very successful college coach.
Bowyer was a football, basketball and baseball player in college. He hit .197/.309/.245 for the 1966 Aberdeen Pheasants with 42 runs in 60 games. He led the Northern League with 10 times hit by pitch. He also led with 21 errors at shortstop, but his .908 fielding percentage there was above the league median.
In 1967, Dean was 19 for 62 for the Statesville Tigers but spent most of the year with the Miami Marlins, hitting .230/.311/.246 while fielding .936 at short. After not playing in '68, he returned to Aberdeen in 1969 and went 10 for 37 with two doubles and eight walks.
After getting his degree in physical education and elementary education, Bowyer coached basketball and football at three different high schools. He was 74-51 as head coach of Minot State College from 1973-1976.
Dean then went to Minnesota State University, Mankato as head coach in 1977, a job he held until 2009. He has taken the school to the 1979 Division II College World Series, 1980 Division II College World Series and 1986 Division II College World Series.
He had 912 wins, putting him 8th on the all-time NCAA Division II leaderboard. He also had won 11 Conference Coach of the Year honors. In 2006, he was voted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.