Great Crossing High School has named former football standout Ricky Bowling as head football coach. A dedicated member of the GCHS coaching staff, Bowling has been a part of the program since the very beginning and is ready to take the helm upon the retirement of veteran coach Paul Rains.
“Coach Bowling has proven that he is vested in the community and in the Great Crossing football program. His enthusiasm and dedication to molding young men is well established at GCHS,” commented District Athletic Director DT Wells.
“Coach Bowling has played for and coached alongside the most well-respected football coaches in the state,” noted GCHS Athletic Director Austin Haywood. “The future of Warhawk football is in trusted hands and I am excited to see Coach Bowling's plan for success unfold.”
During the sophomore season, Bowling will work to develop student athletes into the greatest version of themselves. “My vision is to establish a championship culture built on the core values of building better men and setting a standard for our program to win forever.”
For more than a year, Bowling has built strong relationships with students and the community. He is well aware of the expectations of excellence for the program and is pleased with the progress seen during winter workouts. The team showed a lot of momentum and had a great energy building.
Bowling knows a thing or two about successful high school football programs. As a high school quarterback, he put up some legendary numbers at South Laurel High School. He still holds the state record for pass completions.
Bowling began his coaching career in 2014 as Offensive Coordinator/QB coach at his alma mater. He would next join the coaching staff at Whitley County High School serving Freshman Offensive Coordinator, Runningbacks Coach, and Passing Coordinator before starting his teaching career and his tenure in Scott County in 2019. Bowling comes to the position with a nod from retiring Coach Rains who led the Warhawks during their inaugural season. “He’s ready.”
Principal Joy Lusby is excited to see the football program at GCHS grow. “Coach Bowling knows the program, he knows our students, and he knows our school. His philosophy parallels what we believe in as a school. He’s eager, he’s hungry, and he’s going to make noise.”
Reflecting on the global pandemic that has upended business as usual, Bowling noted players and coaches alike are “hungry and fearless and ready to get back after it.”