Bowers family balance football, life and ‘us time’

Published 9:54 pm Monday, September 17, 2012

It doesn’t matter what time it is or if his team won or lost, Bradley Bowers is happy to come home to his two favorite girls.

Bowers, defensive coordinator at Zion Chapel, spends his days teaching students and his evenings coaching the Rebel secondary.

Hope, Bradley’s wife, matches her husband’s schedule with a day spent teaching at Zion Chapel Elementary and afternoon’s working with the ZCHS cheerleaders.

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Both admit that their days are stretched thin, but love what they are able to do.

“It is really great to be able to work in the same building,” said Bradley. “We are able to be involved in each other’s activities, as well as our own.”

Bradley and Hope welcomed daughter Ella Kate in fall 2010, and family time became even more important.

Bradley said that each and every day, he and Hope try to have a little bit of “us time.”

“It is definitely a balance,” said Bradley. “But I try to make sure when I get home that it is all about the family. I try to leave work at work.”

One might think that coaching football and instructing cheerleaders might be very different but Hope said that she has asked Bradley for advice on more than one occasion.

“We do competitions with the cheerleaders, and we bounce ideas off each other on how to motivate the girls,” said Hope.

And the help doesn’t stop there.

Bradley was given the task of coaching the Zion Chapel softball team in the spring, and went to his wife for help. The softball season was Bradley’s first experience coaching girls.

“I used her a lot last year,” said Bradley. “I found out that coaching girls is a lot different than coaching boys. I was able to ask Hope for advice on how to motivate them, and try to get the best I could of out them.”

During the fall, with football and cheerleading in full swing, the couple admitted that they do not see each other as much as they would like, but make time every Friday night regardless of the game’s outcome.

After the Rebels wrap up a football night, the Bowers family heads home to enjoy their postgame tradition: frozen pizza.

“We don’t really talk about what happened that night football wise,” said Bradley. “We just try to find out how each other’s day went. It’s just nice to be able to spend time with them.”