What They're Saying About Jeff Bower

"I loved him as an assistant coach. We worked closely together on post moves. We worked out a lot of early mornings. As a kid, I was not a morning person, but he convinced me to get up early, and it sure paid off. He's a very insightful guy, very smart, and he loves the game and studies it. He's an all-around good guy and good coach. I'm glad to see he's back at Marist, and I think it will really help Marist."

 Rik Smits, Marist College and Indiana Pacers Center, Second Overall Pick, 1988 NBA Draft, NBA All-Star, 1998

 “I’m thrilled for Jeff and Marist College. I know how strongly he feels about the school and community. They are getting a great coach, leader, and person. Jeff is not only a great teacher, he also has the unique ability to communicate and motivate each individual player to help them reach and achieve their maximum potential.”

 Tom Thibodeau, Head Coach, Chicago Bulls, 2011 NBA Coach of the Year

 “Jeff is a brilliant basketball coach who has held every conceivable job in the NBA, which makes him an astute hire for Marist College. His background is unique, but I don’t think he has ever forgotten his roots at Marist. I think he’s going to combine the knowledge he gathered in the NBA with his passion for Marist College, and make them a perennial contender in the MAAC.” 

Jeff Van Gundy, NBA Television Analyst, Former NBA Head Coach—New York Knicks, Houston Rockets

“What a great hire! Jeff is a great basketball guy. He was as knowledgeable at what he did as anyone in the NBA, and a tremendous talent evaluator. He's a great coach who I think players will love playing for. The kids who decide to play at Marist will have a tremendous advantage because Jeff knows what it takes to be a great player. He's been around the best of the best.”

 Stan Van Gundy, Former NBA Head Coach—Miami Heat, Orlando Magic

"I think Jeff is a fantastic coach, and he's a great hire. He brings a lot of real-world experience at the highest level, and I think he's going to bring us back to where we should be. He definitely helped me both personally and professionally. He has a great way about teaching the fundamentals. He's very patient, and he worked with me as I developed. He put in a lot of hours with me, and it showed."

 Alan Tomidy, Marist College Center, Program's Single-Season Record Holder, Rebounds (11.3 per game, 1995-96)

“I’m ecstatic with the hiring of Jeff Bower as the head men’s basketball coach at Marist College. I’ve never seen anyone more meticulous and organized. Hopefully he will bring some of the magic he had with the Hornets to the men’s program. It will be an honor to work with him.”

 Brian Giorgis, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Marist College

“I would like to welcome Jeff and his family back to the Marist College community and the Hudson River Valley. I am confident in his ability to evaluate talent and character given his breadth of experience at the collegiate and NBA levels. Jeff understands Marist’s values and the high academic standards that are expected of our student-athletes. Our goal is to win MAAC championships, and we feel that Jeff has both the leadership and management skills to reach this standard.”

 Tim Murray, Director of Athletics, Marist College