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Shane Bowen
Defensive Assistant

Shane Bowen enters his second season as defensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2017.

Shane Bowen enters his second season as defensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2017.

In his first season with the team, the Texans won their second straight AFC South Division championship and advanced to the Divisional Round for the first time since 2012. Houston finished the 2016 season with the NFL’s top-ranked defense for the first time in franchise history, surrendering an average of only 301.3 total net yards per game. They also gave up the fewest first downs (17.0) and second-fewest net passing yards (201.6) per game. From Weeks 8-17, the Texans allowed an average of 71.9 net rushing yards per game and opponents only scored three rushing touchdowns during that span, both of which led the league.

Before joining the Texans, Bowen worked as linebackers coach at Kennesaw State University for three years (2013-15). The 2015 season was the football team’s first as a Division I program, where it played in the Big South Conference and went 6-5.

Bowen spent the 2012 season as a defensive graduate assistant at Ohio State where his responsibilities included directing defensive film breakdown and scouting reports, monitoring student-athletes’ academic performances, classroom attendance and study hall sessions, recruiting and camps. On the field, Bowen assisted in coaching the defensive line, a unit that produced two First Team All-Big Ten selections and the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, former Texans OLB John Simon. The Buckeyes concluded the year with a 12-0 mark and ranked No. 3 nationally.

Bowen began his coaching career as a student assistant at Georgia Tech after an injury ended his playing career during his junior season. He finished the year assisting with the linebackers before being named an offensive graduate assistant in 2010. He held that position for two years before leaving for Ohio State.

Bowen was a three-year letter winner at Georgia Tech where he played outside linebacker. He started 10 games and had a streak of 38 consecutive games played before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of his junior season. He helped the Yellow Jackets win Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coastal Division Championships in 2006 and 2008. The team also played in three consecutive bowl games, participating in the 2007 Gator Bowl, 2007 Humanitarian Bowl and 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Bowen, named to the Dean’s List three times while at Georgia Tech, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management in 2009, and a master’s degree in workforce development and education in 2014. He is a native of Pickerington, Ohio.

Bowen and his wife, Courtney, have one daughter, Harper, who was born in March 2017.

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