Lt Col Steve Cowles begins his first year as an assistant coach for the Air Force cross country team, after spending last season volunteering with the squad. In addition to assisting with the team's day-to-day training and workout schedule, he also serves as the squad's Officer Representative, handling the logistical needs of the team's travel on the road.
During the track and field season, Cowles works with the middle distance and distance runners. In addition to his duties with the Falcons' cross country and track teams, Cowles is an Intercollegiate Program Manager within the athletic department.
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 bachelor's degree in communications and a ROTC commission from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1986. He earned his master's degree 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 the Air Force Academy and a member of the Air Force cross country and track teams, while Aaron is a sophomore at Colorado School of Mines.