Coach Doug Gower enters his 13th season at the Forester helm. Under Gower’s leadership, the Foresters have enjoyed 20+ wins each season over the last eight years. In 2016, Gower’s squad punched a ticket to the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in program history and finished with a program-best 37 wins while claiming second in the conference regular season standings. In 2011 Gower was voted the conference Coach of the Year as voted on by his peers.
During Gower’s tenure, his players have earned 38 All-Conference honors including 2011 Crossroads Pitcher of the Year Molly Long, 2012 Crossroads Player of the Year Katie Bowers, 2016 Crossroads Pitcher of the Year Emily Puterbaugh and 2017 Newcomer of the Year Lairen Miller. On 18 occasions his athletes have also been named NAIA All-America Scholar Athletes.
Gower, a 1982 graduate of the university, has played or coached baseball and softball in a variety of settings. He played second and third base for the Forester baseball team during his four years at HU. He spent time as an assistant baseball coach at Huntington North High School and Canterbury High School. He then headed up Canterbury’s baseball program for a season and was named the MAC Coach of the Year. Before taking the reins of the Foresters’ softball program, he served as an assistant in the program for three years.
Coach Gower and his wife Wendy, who serves as the University’s Technology Services Office Manager, have three children Brittany, Brandi and Brock.