By ERIC VICCARO
Bowie High School has rounded out its boys’ coaching staff with the hiring of Josh Harden as assistant baseball coach.
For Harden, it’s a return to his small-town roots.
“I grew up in a small town (De Kalb, outside of Texarkana), and I was looking to get to a smaller town,” said Harden, who most recently was on the staff at Conference 5A Frisco Independence.
Harden learned about the job opening through a coaches’ outreach program based in Denton.
Bowie coach Glen Dunnam’s wife, Jamie, and Harden’s wife, Kristy, are part of the same women’s Bible study program there.
That’s not the only connection Harden has to the area. Josh taught science and physical education while current Bowie Junior High School principal Hector Madrigal was an administrator there.
Harden has an exemplary background in baseball. At De Kalb, he was twice an all-district infielder on a Bears team that advanced to the regional semifinals his senior year – before falling to Elysian Fields.
That wasn’t the only sport in which Harden participated.
Josh was quarterback and wide receiver on the football team and played point guard in basketball. Also, he was on the first-ever De Kalb cross country team, which advanced to the regional meet when he was a senior. Read more in the July 12 Bowie News.
Josh Harden has been added to the Bowie High School baseball coaching staff, and he’ll also serve as a junior high level physical education instructor. (Courtesy photo from Frisco Independence High School)