Dr. William Bowden established the Deborah A. Yow Endowed Scholarship in February 2001 to support outstanding student-athletes. This fund honors his wife, Debbie Yow, and her work as director of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1994 to 2010.
Dr. William Bowden and friends of Maryland athletics established this fund to honor the work of his wife, Deborah Yow, as Director of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. During Dr. Yow's outstanding tenure as director of athletics, the University of Maryland has seen unprecedented success and achievement in athletics. Each year has brought continued improvement and accomplishment in Terrapin athletics. In Yow's 11 years at Maryland, the Terrapins have won a remarkable nine NCAA national championships and graduated its student athletes at an enviable rate as Maryland athletics has soared to sustained new heights.
She is the only known current AD in NCAA Division I who has hired both the National Coach of the Year in football (while at Maryland) and the National Coach of the Year in men's basketball (while at Saint Louis University). Yow is known as "a coach's AD," while also being highly organized and a strategic and proactive leader and administrator. Quite simply, Debbie Yow personifies the relational and management dynamics that are necessary to be an excellent administrator. She was honored by Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal as one of the 20 most influential people in intercollegiate athletics, and she has received the Carl Maddox Sport Management Award presented by the United States Sports Academy for excellence in athletics administration.
A successful former basketball coach at the University of Kentucky and University of Florida, she moved into athletics administration at the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, followed by a successful tenure as AD at Saint Louis University from 1990 through 1994.
Deborah Yow has authored numerous articles and books on athletics management and human behavior, and is a respected leader in intercollegiate athletics in the United States.