Todd Bowlby ’98 Inducted 2013
A true embodiment of Head Coach Steve Wilkinson's three crowns philosophy of positive attitude, full effort, and good sportsmanship, Todd Bowlby was the golden boy and face of the Gustavus men's tennis dynasty in the 1990s. A standout from the moment he stepped onto campus in 1994, Bowlby was a student of the game, a true sportsman, and a proven leader. In his four years on the hill, the Gustavus men's tennis team went a combined 100—28 overall and 40—0 in the MIAC. The Gusties won four MIAC Championships and competed in theNCAA Tournament four times—advancing to the quarterfinals in 1995, and semifinals in 1996 and 1997.
Tireless and unshakeable under pressure, Bowlby consistently frustrated and outlasted opponents with penetrating ground strokes and a strong baseline game. Playing at the top of the lineup from the start, the Minneapolis Washburn product was named an ITA All-American and became the first player from Minnesota to be named the National Rookie of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) following the 1995 season. Bowlby earned All-America honors all four years of his career, becoming one of only three players in program history to accomplish such a feat. He finished runner-up in the 1996 NCAA Singles Tournament, 1997 ITA Singles Tournament, and 1998 ITA Doubles Tournament. Bowlby won four MIAC No. 1 singles titles, two No. 2 doubles titles, and took the No. 1 doubles titles in 1996 and 1998. To this day, he is the only player to win the ITA Midwest Regional Singles Championship all four years.
After graduating in 1998 with a degree in health fitness, Bowlby worked as a tennis teaching professional at the Flagship Athletic Club and Eden Prairie Lifetime Athletic Club for 12 years. In 2010, he accepted a position at the Wright Group in Eden Prairie where he currently works as a manufacturing representative. Todd lives in Savage with his wife, Angie (Dudeck) '98, and children, Sami and Addie.