14U Black Manager & Infield Instructor
A valued member of the Great Lake Canadians organization, Matt Bowden has been assisting with the program and managing one group of 14U players while completing his undergraduate education at Wester University.
Hailing from Lambeth, the infielder began playing competitive baseball when he was nine years old, and was a member of the London Badgers organization growing up, winning a Canadian National gold medal in 2013. He continued to play junior baseball for the St. Thomas Tomcats, where he returned to the Canadian National championship and won bronze in 2015 and 2017.
Bowden is currently finishing his fourth and final year at Western, where he will graduate with an honours degree in finance, and has played all four years for the Mustangs baseball team, starting at second base and winning back-to-back Ontario University Athletics championships in 2015 and 2016.
He made his way into coaching because he wanted to help the development of kids, based on the experiences he had when he was being taught and instructed by the group of men he now coaches and works with at Centrefield Sports and with the Great Lake program. He wanted to be able to pass the torch and give back all of the tools and skills they taught him to the players in the organization.
Bowden wanted to be a part of the GLC program because of his love and passion for the game, matched by those he works with, and because he continually has a chance to learn and pick the brains of some of the best baseball minds in the country, making the decision a no-brainer for him. He enjoys coaching at the 14U level because it allows him a chance to see the players come in and develop on and off the field in the program before they take the next steps in their lives.