Chris Mowry was named the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Santa Fe College on June 25, 2003. He is beginning his 16th season as the longest tenured men’s basketball coach in Saints history. He has the most wins in school history, with a 294-158 record. Coach Mowry has a MFC (Mid-Florida Conference) record of 87-62, and has won or shared four MFC (Mid-Florida Conference) Titles, as well as two MFC Tournament Titles. He has been named MFC Coach of the Year four times.
The Santa Fe Saints finished 21-11 last season and advanced to the MFC Tournament Championship. The 21 wins markes the eighth season with 20 wins or more for Mowry at Santa Fe.
Eight players signed with4-year colleges after last season: Sam Brown, Jake Dawkin, Sean Dinkins, Lazar Djurovic, Sean Flood, Darrell Jones, Malik Morrow, and D-Juan Taylor-Hodge. Coach Mowry has now seen 88 players sign with 4-year colleges in his 15 seasons with the Saints.
Previous to Santa Fe, Coach Mowry served one season as an assistant at Elon University. Before that, he was an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida for nine years from 1992-2002. While at UCF, The Golden Knights won two Atlantic Sun Conference Titles, resulting in the team’s first ever automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. During his nine years in Orlando, 23 of 26 seniors graduated from the University.
Coach Mowry began his coaching career as an undergrad at St. Ambrose University (IA), where he graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Physical Education. He then served two years as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Western New Mexico University 1984-86, while earning his Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). Mowry moved back to the Midwest to serve as an assistant at the University of Indianapolis in 1986-87, and then at DePauw University (IN) from 1987-89.
Coach Mowry moved to the Sunshine State to take his first head coaching position at St. Thomas University in Miami. He served three years, from 1989-1992, compiling a 44-49 record. His 1989-90 squad set a school record for wins with 19, and advanced to the NAIA Florida/Georgia District Championship. The importance Mowry places on academics showed once again as 14 of 15 senior basketball players earned their degrees. Mowry spent the 1992-93 season as an assistant at Miami-Dade CC, before joining the staff at UCF.
Coach Mowry has been married to his wife Gail for 26 years. They are the proud parents of Erin (21) and Austin (20).