About The Bowerman

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009 and is named after former University of Oregon coach Bill Bowerman, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female NCAA track & field athletes in the nation.

Past winners include two-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time World Champion and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp (2009), Olympic gold medalist and 2013 100-meter hurdles World Champion Brianna Rollins (2013), Olympic bronze medalist and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters Jenny Simpson (2009) as well as two-time Olympic medalist in the high jump and 2015 World Champion Derek Drouin (2013).

Bill Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership as president of the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.


The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches. The organization represents over 10,000 coaching members encompassing 98% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA, NJCAA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.


  • January (first week): Initial meetings of The Bowerman Watch Committees, The Bowerman Men’s and Women’s Preseason Watch Lists published
  • February (first week): First regular-season release of Watch Lists
  • March (post-indoor conference championships): Second regular-season release of Watch Lists
  • March (post-NCAA Indoor Championships): Third regular-season release of Watch Lists
  • April (third full week): Fourth regular-season release of Watch Lists
  • May (first week): Fifth regular-season release of Watch Lists
  • May (post-outdoor conference championships): Sixth regular-season release of Watch Lists
  • June (post-NCAA DI first rounds): Seventh regular-season release of Watch Lists
  • June (post-NCAA DI Outdoor Championship finals): Release of award semifinalists
  • June: Meeting of Bowerman Advisory Board to select three male and three female finalists
  • June: The Bowerman Men’s and Women’s Finalists announced
  • June: The Bowerman ballots delivered to The Bowerman Voters
  • July: The Bowerman voting closes
  • December: The Bowerman winners announced

More Information

The Bowerman Presentation Archive