Jacques of All TradesJun 10th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Sports
Jacques Bowe ’10
BY GEOFF GOYNE
Some People like to stay busy. Then there’s Jacques Bowe ’10. It’s hard to find an organization in which this 2010 graduate was not involved in during his time at Wesley. A captain on the men’s basketball team, Bowe was the president of the Wesley College Student Athlete Advisory Council, the vice president of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a resident assistant in Malmberg Hall, a student ambassador for the Admissions Office, a member of the College’s Gospel Choir, an employee in the Office of Student Activities, vice president of the campus Legal Society and a member of the Advisory Committee for Legal Studies. And that’s just on-campus involvement.
Outside of school, Bowe has been active in his church, the Pentecostal Church of God (PCOG) in Lincoln, Delaware; a drummer in both the Pentecostal Highlights and the Future Generation; a member of the National Youth Department Planning Committee for the PCOG; and he volunteers at the Old Manor Nursing Home in Milford, Delaware.
When he first came to Wesley, Bowe had plans to play both football and basketball. After two years of both sports, he gave up football to focus on basketball. “When I became an RA, playing two sports was too much,” he said. “That’s when I became dedicated to improving on the court.”
Head Coach Jerry Kobasa also noticed the hard work. “When Jacques came into our program, he was an outstanding athlete who happened to play basketball,” he recalled. Over the years, he just worked harder and harder to become a better player.”
The move paid off. After averaging only 8.4 minutes per game and just 1.5 points and an equal number of rebounds as a freshman and sophomore, Bowe hit the gym. As a junior, he added the threepoint shot to his arsenal and set career highs in nearly every category as a key reserve on the Wolverines’ run to the CAC Championship and first NCAA Tournament appearance.
But Mr. Everything wasn’t done yet. After another summer of hard work, Bowe was named one of two team captains for his senior year. He also emerged as a scoring threat, and his numbers in almost every category across the board surpassed those of his first three seasons combined. When injuries among teammates struck and he was given his first career start, he did not disappoint. He hit five threes on his way to a career high 17 points. Bowe remained in the starting lineup for six more games and averaged 10.9 points per game over that time.
“Before this year, Coach [Kobasa] told me I’d be a captain,” he said. “We went over how I would need to take on a leadership role with the team and developed a plan with coaches. Come early, stay late.”
The decision to make Bowe a captain was an easy one for the coaching staff. “Jacques has always put the team first,” Kobasa observed. “There was never a time that it was Jacques first, team second. And that’s what makes him a successful leader. The team knew that when he said something, it had meaning and substance.”
“Jacques is the kind of player that if you had a son, that’s who you’d want him to be like,” Kobasa continued. “He always best represented the program and the school.”
In part because of Bowe’s play, the Wolverines kept rolling through the regular season and into the CAC Tournament, earning a trip to the finals for the second straight year. Wesley’s win in the CAC Semifinals was the team’s 19th—a school record at the Division III level. The Wolverines fell in the conference title game, but still earned their second straight NCAA berth.
Among his off-campus activities, Bowe takes great pride in his volunteerism, knowing it makes a difference to others. This is particularly true in his role at the Old Manor Nursing Home. “We minister to the residents and also just spend time with them, talking,” he noted. “Basically we just try to brighten someone’s day while we’re there.”
Now that Bowe has graduated from Wesley, he plans to attend law school and his past endeavors have prepared him for that path. As president of the Legal Society, he organized different events for students in the program, including workshops to prepare for the LSATs. In addition, as a student representative on the Advisory Committee for Legal Studies, a group made up largely of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, he has gained exposure to a professional network in the field. In preparation for his future plans, Bowe also is doing an internship with the law firm of Donovan & Hopkins. He assists in trial preparation, conducts research for cases, and aids in formulating trial strategies. He will spend this summer studying for the LSATs and getting ready for law school.
“Jacques is the kind of worker that is always successful,” Kobasa observed. “He is not afraid of challenges or putting in the effort to reach any goal he sets for himself. That’s what will make him successful in the real world.”