Lt Col Steve Cowles begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Air Force track and field team, after volunteering with program last year. Cowles, who serves in the same capacity with the cross country team, will work primarily with the Falcons' middle distance and distance runners.
When not coaching the Air Force runners, Cowles serves an Intercollegiate Program Manager within the Academy's athletic department. In 2008, Cowles served as the Strategy Division Chief of the Military Strategic Studies Department at the Academy, where he instructed a senior level course on Joint and Coalition Warfare.
Prior to his appointment in Colorado, he was the Director of Operations for the 4th Air Support Operations Squadron at Mannheim Army Installation, Germany.
In addition to two tours in Germany, he has had numerous assignments around the U.S. as a B-1B Weapons System Officer. Cowles most recent operational experience was as the Director of the Operation Enduring Freedom Air Support Operations Center in Bagram, Afghanistan.
A native of Elk River, Minn., Cowles received a B.A. in communications and a ROTC commission from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1986. He earned his M.A. in educational administration from the University of Idaho in 1998.
A USA Track and Field Level I Certified Coach, Cowles and his wife, Julie, have two sons, Parker and Aaron. Parker is currently a senior at USAFA and a member of the Air Force cross country and track teams, while Aaron is a sophomore at Colorado School of Mines.