Ryan Bower was named as the Director of Athletic Communications in 2016 and is responsible for overseeing all public and media relations efforts for Florida Southern College athletics. He is responsible for maintaining and updating FSCMocs.com, the official website of Moccasin athletics, as well as supervising a staff that produces digital media, record books, in-game statistics and other content for Florida Southern's athletic teams. He works directly with baseball, men's and women's basketball, equestrian and water ski. Under his direction, Florida Southern's athletic communications team has won six awards in the annual CoSIDA Publication and Digital Design Contest, including back-to-back first-place finishes for video content.
During his time with the Moccasins, the athletic department has seen tremendous growth in the volume and quality of its digital content and live broadcasts. Bower has also been instrumental in developing social media policies and best practices for student-athletes and coaches, as well as the creation of brand and visual identity guidelines. He also helped lead the Sunshine State Conference toward league-wide agreements with StatBroadcast (live stats) and BlueFrame Technology (live video) to increase digital media offerings for fans.
Prior to his time at Florida Southern, he spent one year at his alma mater, Cedarville University, where he served as the Assistant Director of Public Relations. At Cedarville, Bower was responsible for overseeing the PR office's team of student writers, creating content for the university's website, and aiding in the implementation of various marketing campaigns. Before his stint at Cedarville, Bower spent four years as the Associate/Assistant Sports Information Director at Appalachian State University where he worked directly with the men's basketball and men's/women's tennis programs over his final three years. He also spent time as the primary media contact for the Mountaineer outdoor track/field and volleyball teams, was the secondary football contact, and served as editor-in-chief of Appalachian Gameday, the official gameday program of Mountaineer football.
At Appalachian State, Bower helped organize and implement the Michael Obacha Shoe Drive, which collected over 700 pairs of shoes to send to impoverished children in Nigeria. As a result of the effort, former Mountaineer men's basketball forward Michael Obacha was selected to the 2015 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Allstate Good Works Team for his community service. Obacha was recognized on the floor at Lucas Oil Stadium at halftime of the 2015 Final Four matchup between Kentucky and Wisconsin.
An active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Bower has served as a moderator and been a panelist on several CoSIDA Continuing Education Webinars.
- Vice Chair - CoSIDA Continuing Education Committee
- Former Member - CoSIDA U Committee
- 1st Place | Game/Event Infographic - CoSIDA Publications and Digital Design Contest (2019)
- 7th Place | Student-Athlete Infographic - CoSIDA Publications and Digital Design Contest (2018)
- 1st Place | FCS Football Media Guide - CoSIDA Publications Contest (2012)
A 2008 graduate of Cedarville University, Bower also holds a master's degree in recreation, park, and tourism administration from Western Illinois University. At WIU, he spent two years as a graduate assistant in the athletic media services office where he was the media contact for several of the Leatherneck athletic programs. He was also the play-by-play voice of Western Illinois baseball and softball and was the on-air analyst for WIU football and women's basketball.
Bower began his career in athletics in Minor League Baseball as a marketing assistant for the Dayton Dragons, a Class-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. He also spent one summer as the public/media relations intern for the Reading Fightin' Phils, a Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. He and his wife, Malissa, live in Lakeland with their dogs, Holly and Rey.