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Former Wolf football coach Kwamane Bowens (left) just released a new eight-song EP. (Photo from Bowens Facebook page)

The days keep poppin’, the music keeps droppin’.

Former Coupeville High School football coach Kwamane Bowens, recording as Groovie Mane, released his newest batch of songs Wednesday — just in time to carry listeners through the New Years celebrations.

His EP, titled Artist, features eight songs from the man who brought his D-1 gridiron skills along with him when he worked with the Wolves as part of Marcus Carr’s coaching staff.

 

To find all the tracks, pop over to Bowens Soundcloud page at:

Groovie Mane | Free Listening on SoundCloud

 

Or check out new tracks such as Life Scars on his YouTube page:

 

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Kwamane Bowens, AKA Groovie Mane 

He drops hits on, and off, the football field.

Former D-1 gridiron star Kwamane Bowens, who returned to Whidbey to coach Coupeville High School football players for several seasons, also records as Groovie Mane.

Tuesday morning he dropped his newest song, “Couple Days,” featuring Mx and French Inhale.

 

To follow Bowens in his lyrical career, check out his Soundcloud page:

 

Or listen to his newest song here:

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After two seasons as a football coach at Coupeville High School, Kwamane Bowens is jumping to Oak Harbor. (Photo courtesy Bowens)

Bowens and Bennett Richter work the sideline in a game this past fall. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kwamane Bowens is taking his talents north.

The former NCAA D-I football star, who has been an assistant gridiron coach at Coupeville High School the past two seasons, made the announcement Thursday on Facebook.

For the 2020 football season I will be coaching the defensive backs at Oak Harbor High School at the varsity level. I am beyond excited!!

I would love to thank the support I have gained from the past two years at Coupeville from parents and staff to the whole community.

To the coaching staff that gave me my first chance I am forever grateful and I thank you for letting me find who I was as a coach and mentor.

The things that we accomplished were amazing and I pray the program continues to grow.

To the kids I ask that you continue to give everything you got no matter what.

Do not let anybody tell you dreams don’t come true because those who say that don’t work for them.

Go win conference!

I am very excited for this new opportunity and can not wait for the new season.

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Former D1 scholarship athlete Kwamane Bowens is part of an all-new Coupeville High School football coaching staff. (Photo courtesy Bowens)

It’s a whole new group on the sideline.

Coupeville High School football has made a major transition this year, hiring Marcus Carr as its head coach, and now bringing in five new assistants.

The hiring of Nathan Bellamy, Tyson Boon, Robert Carr and Kwamane Bowens was officially approved by the school board at its July 30 meeting.

Bennett Richter, a volunteer assistant coach, rounds out the staff.

With the start of a new season just a week away (Washington state teams can start practicing Aug. 15), the group is rarin’ to get going.

Marcus Carr replaces Jon Atkins, who stepped down after two seasons, and is Coupeville’s fifth head coach in nine years.

Prior to that, Ron Bagby coached the Wolves for 26 years.

Coupeville’s new head coach went 13-6 in two seasons at Concrete, winning a Northwest League title last fall, and is looking to bring that same success to CHS, which hasn’t finished above .500 since 2005.

To help him build the Wolf program, Marcus Carr recruited men with long-term playing and coaching experience, much of it here on Whidbey Island.

Among the new Wolf assistant coaches are a former D1 scholarship athlete and several guys who played for the 2006 Oak Harbor High School football squad which won a 4A state title.

A primer on the new assistant coaches, with commentary by Marcus Carr:

 

Nathan Bellamy (Defensive Coordinator):

Lived on the Island for 23 years, has 13 years of coaching experience. Huge fan of Buddy Ryan.

Passionate about helping the youth in our community.

Blessed to be in the position to help rebuild the Coupeville football program and bring back a standard of excellence.

 

Tyson Boon (Offensive Line):

Oak Harbor graduate 2006, where he was the varsity center.

He has played semi-pro football for the Bellingham Bulldogs.

He coaches because he wants the kids to understand that what we do is bigger than football.

When kids graduate he wants them to leave with more than just football skills. He wants them to have gained a better sense of self worth.

There are many life lessons that are taught playing football.

 

Kwamane Bowens (Receivers/Defensive backs):

23 years old. Played D1 football at Hawaii and Texas State.

He ran track as a youth for Coupeville Middle School.

Coach Bowens is ready to help the athletes succeed and to bring the football program to prominence.

 

Bobby Carr (Running back/Linebackers):

29 years old, played 13 seasons of football; WIAA state champ in ’06 with Oak Harbor.

Coached six seasons of youth football in Oak Harbor. Professional painter. 

 

Bennett Richter (Running backs/Linebackers):

Graduated from Oak Harbor 2009 and was a member of the ’06 Oak Harbor state champs.

Has been coaching youth sports for the last several years.

He looks to bring energy and teach solid football fundamentals and techniques while instilling a love and passion for the game.

Wants the players to know they are part of something bigger than themselves – a sense of community, and the idea that they are learning far more than just the principles of football, but of life.

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Caleb Valko (left) and Kwamane Bowens, old-school style.

Caleb Valko (left) and Kwamane Bowens, old-school style.

All grown up.

    All grown up. (Left photo copyright recruit757.com, right photo by Jennifer Morrell)

What could of been.

Elementary school buds, Caleb Valko and Kwamane Bowens never got the chance to play out their high school football careers in the same town.

Valko stayed in Coupeville and went out as a senior captain, pile-driving hapless runners to the end. Now he’s an assistant coach with the Coupeville Middle School football squad.

Bowens ended up playing high school ball way across the country after a family move and is currently playing D-1 football on scholarship at the University of Hawaii.

Both have been successful in their own way, and the duo remain in touch today, forever linked by the friendship of youth.

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