FAYETTEVILLE, NC — Fayetteville Tech has named Henry Cowan head coach of the Trojans’ women’s basketball program.
Cowan comes to FTCC from Seventy-First High School, where he served three seasons as the girls’ basketball head coach.
“I love coaching, and I think there are missed opportunities for athletes who think they might not meet the requirements to play in college,” Cowan said. “There’s a lot of talent in Cumberland County, and I think I can produce strong student-athletes at FTCC.”
Under Cowan, the Falcons posted a 48-34 record, reaching the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A playoffs every year and winning the 2016 Mid-South Conference Tournament and the 2017 Holiday Classic.
FTCC Athletic Director Mike Neal said Cowan’s experience in developing high school athletes made him an ideal fit for the Trojans.
“He knows the talent in this area, and we put a huge emphasis on getting local athletes here,” Neal said. “He’s worked with high caliber student-athletes, and he knows the recruiting process from the other side, so we think he’ll be a real asset for in that regard, as well.”
Cowan is a 40-year-old native of Cleveland, N.C., and was a four-year letterman in football and basketball at West Rowan High School. He was a member of the 1997 2-A state championship basketball team.
Cowan has a degree in Religion from Liberty University.
He is a military veteran who served four years in the Marine Corps and four years in the Army. Cowan’s service included deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Cowan and his wife, Patricia, have two children, a son, Avery, and a daughter, Samantha.
Cowan is the second women’s basketball coach in FTCC history. Eric Tucker, who coached the program from its inaugural season in 2016-17 through the 2018-19 season, retired with a 26-48 record at Fayetteville Tech.
The Trojans are coming off of a 9-15 campaign that ended with an appearance in the Region 10 Division II tournament.