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BSU hoops coach Bowen finalist for Minnesota Duluth job

Bemidji State University men's basketball coach Matt Bowen

DULUTH -- Bemidji State head men's basketball coach Matt Bowen has been named a finalist for the position of head men's basketball coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Bowen and Jeff Rutter, the other finalist who is currently Iowa State University's director of basketball operations, will be on campus this week to interview with UMD administrators.

Bowen recently completed his seventh year at Bemidji State and directed the Beavers to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season championship and their second-ever NCAA Division II Tournament berth while setting a school single-season record for wins (22). For his efforts, Bowen was named the NSIC Coach of the Year.

Bowen owns a career mark of 64-102 (.386) at BSU. He steered the Beavers to a 22-9 mark this season after going 11-15 the previous year.

Prior to arrival in Bemidji, Bowen served a four-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Valparaiso University from 2002-06. He also spent seven seasons (1995-2002) in the same capacity at University of Alabama at Birmingham.