Bay St. Louis, MS. -
It is being reported by the Biloxi Sun Herald that former USM Head Coach Jeff Bower helped to rescue two people from a burning boat off of the coast of Bay St. Louis, MS. near Bayou La Croix. Coach Bower and his buddy, Jerry Thigpen, were fishing in his 26' Triton boat when sometime after 8 a.m. on this Saturday morning, they spotted smoke coming from another craft out in the water.
Minutes before the 32' craft was set ablaze, Linda Jordan and another person were able to board Bower's fishing rig for safety. Ms. Jordan works as a business advisor for USM - Gulf Park and recognized the coach immediately. She was quoted by the Herald as saying, "Jeff is a celebrity as a football coach, but he is our hero."
Coach Jeff Bower played quarterback for the Golden Eagles from 1972-1975. He was Head Coach from 1990-2007, where he won 4 Conference USA Championships and garnered Coach of the Year 3 times. He had a record of 119-83-1, guided USM to 11 bowl games, and is still a very popular man around campus and in Hattiesburg, MS.
This is the kind of story to get a person going on a Saturday morning. God bless you Coach Jeff Bower.