B.S. Secondary Education - '88

MS. Kinesiology - '95

home town

  • Successfully recruited 20 Academic All-Americans and 75 CAA Scholar Athletes which established JMU as one of the top 5 Academic wrestling teams in the nation as well as 29 individual NCAA Division I National qualifiers and (1) one NCAA All-American
  • Successfully networked a core team of volunteer coaches, student workers and alumni to assist with day to day operations of wrestling program with limited resources
  • Implemented alumni events, social activities and quarterly newsletters to engage JMU alumni which resulted in 100% increase in fundraising efforts and game day attendance
  • Successfully directed three (3) CAA Championships and two (2) Virginia Intercollegiate State Championships
  • Established new fundraising initiatives that resulted in record levels of fundraising and alumni giving
  • Successfully organized and oversaw a campaign that saved eight (8) varsity sport programs from elimination at James Madison University in 2000
  • Established program leadership through the implementation of comprehensive calendars, timelines and checklists with limited resources
  • Assistant to Head Coach Gene Mills on three week tour of Hungary for Olympic hopefuls (Summer 1989)
  • Volunteer for 1995 World Freestyle Championships in Atlanta, GA.
  • Volunteer for 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Developed and Implemented the Complete Policies and Procedures Operational Manuals for the NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association
  • Finalist for Amateur Wrestling News Rookie Coach of the Year Award (1989)
  • Top twenty recruiting class as selected by AMATEUR WRESTLING NEWS MAGAZINE (1992)
  • JMU was consistently ranked in Top 5 teams nationally for Academics by the National Wrestling Coaches Association for six consecutive years, as well as the Top Ten Every Year.
  • As a former Phillipsburg NJ High School Alumni coached Phillipsburg High School’s first NCAA DI All-American in March 2000Presenter and lecturer at National Wrestling Coaches Convention
  • Dedicated countless hours to Title IX reform and assisted with the saving of various dropped wrestling programs over the years.Still actively pursuing the national reform of Title IX to seek a fair and equitable solution to ensure all athletes receive equitable treatment.
  • Athletic Career Record: 125-34-2 (.783) - !983-87 – James Madison University
  • Member of two (2) NCAA Eastern Regional wrestling championship teams
  • Member of Virginia Intercollegiate State wrestling championship team
  • Four (4) year varsity letter winner, served two years as team captain of JMU varsity wrestling teams
  • Four (4X) time NCAA Eastern Regional finalist, two-time individual champion
  • Three-time (3X) NCAA Division I wrestling Championships qualifier and participant
  • Three-time (3X) JMU annual outstanding wrestler award winner
  • Outstanding wrestler of NCAA Eastern Regional Championships and Virginia State Champions
  • Two (2X) time Virginia Intercollegiate State Champion
  • Finished in the top 12 at 118 pounds in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in 1986 & 1987
  • Set JMU Record for career wins (125) and wins in a season (43) as an athlete
  • Set JMU Record for career wins (112) as a coach
  • In 1995 coached JMU’s First ever Wrestling Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • Selected NCAA Virginia State Coach of the Year in 1996, 1999
  • Selected Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000
  • Selected as member of AMATEUR WRESTLING NEWS MAGAZINE FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN team 1984 at 118lbs
  • Inducted into the James Madison University Athletic Hall Of Fame in April 2000
  • Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame (Virginia Chapter) in April 2012

Accolades / Accomplishments

Jeff “peanut” Bowyer, President and CEO of JB3 Sports has a long history of impacting lives through wrestling and education over the last twenty-five years. His history of work experience in the educational, non-profit and corporate world’s positions him with a unique resume and diverse background to provide athletes, coaches, groups, companies and organizations with skills and insight to take it to the next level !


A member of The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the James Madison University Athletic Hall of Fame; Coach Bowyer is heavily involved in the wrestling and lacrosse communities and is committed to helping individuals reach their full potential.

Though he began his association with wrestling in the town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, it was in the great state of Virginia that Jeff Bowyer began his rise to becoming an integral part of the National wrestling community.  As an athlete, coach, volunteer, and philanthropist, Bowyer’s accolades and contributions made major impacts at James Madison University, the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Virginia Intercollegiate State Championship, Brute Wrestling and the non-profit groups R.E.A.C.H.E.S.  and Equity in Athletics. 

During his collegiate career he amassed countless accolades and accomplishments on his way to becoming the most victorious wrestler in James Madison’s history.  He currently still holds the career (125) and season (43) wins record as a wrestler and aided the Dukes to two NCAA Eastern Regional Team Championships during his tenure.  Individually, Bowyer was a two-time NCAA Eastern Regional Champion, two-time Virginia Intercollegiate State Champion, and a three-time participant in the NCAA Division I Championships where he reached the All-American round in his Junior and Senior seasons. 

Bowyer’s accomplishments as an athlete positioned him for selection as Head Coach at his alma mater in 1988.  Coach Bowyer led the Dukes to 112 wins (a school record for wins as a coach), two Colonial Athletic Association titles, and a Virginia Collegiate Team State Championship during his leadership.  His peers recognized his impact on the James Madison program and collegiate wrestling, twice electing him Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year (1999, 2000) and NCAA Virginia State Coach of the Year (1996, 1999).  In April 2000, James Madison University honored Bowyer with their highest award by inducting him to the James Madison University Athletic Hall of Fame.

In 2002, Bowyer moved forward in his ongoing search to have a bigger impact on the sport of wrestling and became Director of Operations, Coaching Education, Events and Annual Giving for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). 

Within five years, Bowyer helped grow the NWCA from a volunteer-based non-profit to an organization that has become a leader in the advancement of wrestling, starting new programs, saving threatened ones, and having a proactive approach to making the NWCA a leader in coach’s Associations Nationwide. 


During the spring of 2007, Bowyer took his wrestling expertise to The Henson Group as a Director of Sports Marketing and was promoted to National Wrestling Sales Manager for Brute Wrestling in 2011.  During his employment in the business world, he has not ventured far from his dedication to the growth of the great sport of wrestling. 

He currently serves as President and Board Member for Equity in Athletics, and is Past Executive Director of a national non-profit R.E.A.C.H.E.S. (Rewarding Educational Athletic Choices Helping Each Sport) program.  Additionally, Bowyer remains an active member of the NWCA and PWCA.

Coach Bowyer’s influence within the realm of wrestling continues to flourish as his dedication and passion for his current projects continue to inspire him to inspire others. 

He remains   DRIVEN AND PASSIONATE with JB3 Sports, Take it to the next Level!

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  • Assistant Wrestling Coach - James Madison University Coach (1987-88)
  • Head Wrestling Coach - James Madison University Coach (1988-2002)
  • Director of Operations, Coaching Education, Events & Annual Giving - NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) (2002-2007)
  • Director of Sports Marketing & Events – The Henson Group (2007-2011)
  • National Wrestling Sales Manager – The Henson Group (2011-2013)
  • Executive Vice President – Level 2 Sports (2013)
  • Founder & Executive Director – R.E.A.C.H.E.S. (Rewarding Educational Athletic Choices Helping Each Sport. (2007-2013)
  • Director and Event Manger for Brute Nationals (Grades 1-12 National Event)
  • Treasure and Board Member of E.I.A. (Equity in Athletics) (2005-Present)
  • Active member of National Wrestling Coaches Association (1988-Present)
  • Member of NWCA (National Wrestling Coaches Association) – Executive Committee (2002-07)
  • Colonial Athletic Association Wrestling Championships Director (1994. 1999, 2000)
  • Presenter and lecturer at several National Wrestling Coaches Conventions
  • Virginia Intercollegiate State Championships Director
  • Annual attendee at National Wrestling Coaches Convention
  • Keynote speaker for Chamber of Commerce business symposium
  • 1994, 1999, 2002 Colonial Athletic Association wrestling championships director
  • Member of PEK Professional Physical Education Fraternity
  • 1995 Chairman of Combined Virginia Campaign
  • Presenter and lecturer at National Physical Education Convention
  • Event Director for West Chester Wrestling Camp for Club Annual Operating Fund Raiser


PROFESSIONAL CAREER

president / ceo

James Madison University

COACHING CAREER

Phillipsburg, NJ

Degrees

ATHLETIC CAREER

Jeffrey M. Bowyer

B.S. Mathematics - '88

high school