The Duncan Demons swim program has grown over the years and the man in charge, Coach Andrew Bowers, will now leave for an assistant principal position in Texas effective this past Friday.
Bowers, an alum of Duncan High School, has been in Duncan for 13 years, either teaching or as the swim coach for the Demons program, and has built a culture of records and big victories.
Hired by then Athletic Director Coach Burl White, Bowers took over a swim program in the 2011-2012 school year and coached the program for 10 seasons.
During his time as coach, Bowers took several teams to the State Tournament. His teams brought home more state medals under the longest tenured coach in the school’s history.
After announcing that he has accepted the assistant principal position at Burkburnett Middle School, Bowers said the decision to leave was a tough one, but felt it was the next step in his career.
“I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to interact with so many amazing students and parents throughout these years,” Bowers said. “It has been an incredible journey, but I believe God has led me in this direction for a reason.”
Duncan Athletic Coordinator Bobby Cook said Bowers helped bring the Duncan Demons Swim program to where it is at today and said Duncan High School will miss his leadership.
“The Athletic Department is grateful for the advancement of the swim program due to Coach Bowers,” Cook said. “The program was able to see much success due to his dedication and commitment to the program. We wish Coach Bowers much success in his future endeavors.”
In his tenure at Duncan, Bowers has coached eight All-State selections, with his last season the only one during which the Demons had two All-State selections in Mayson Thieabud and Hope Swor.
The search will begin for a new coach immediately, according to Cook, and Bowers knows the program will be in good hands no matter who takes over the helm.
“I’m really excited about the future of the swim program in Duncan,” Bowers said. “There is still a really bright future ahead and whoever the new coach is, is coming into a great situation.”