Maryville College coach killed in
crash on campus
News Sentinel staff
Originally published 09:28 a.m., November 20, 2007
assistant football coach at Maryville College was killed Monday night on
campus in a crash that also left two other men in critical condition.
Killed in the 10:55 p.m. crash was Shawn Jeremiah Cody Bowers, 25, of
Madisonville, Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said this morning.
Bowers, an assistant football coach at the college, was the driver and
owner of the black, 2004 Toyota Tundra that crashed, the chief said.
"We believe speed to be involved," Crisp said. The speed limit on the
road leading to the Maryville Woods is 20 mph, he said.
Two other people were injured, including Jack Heatherly "Trey" Lefler,
25, of Loudon, who is in critical condition this morning at the
University of Tennessee Medical Center. Lefler was a passenger in the
front seat of the truck. He was thrown threw the front windshield of the
truck, Crisp said.
The third occupant was Matt Lambert, 24, of Maryville, who was graduated
in 2007 from Maryville College. Lambert was in the back seat of the
pickup truck, Crisp said. He also was in critical condition this morning
at the UT Medical Center.None of the men were using a seat belt, Crisp
three were in a pickup truck that struck a tree on Morningside Lane.
That road leads past the Cooper Athletic Center on the 320-acre campus,
Karyn Adams, assistant vice president for communications at Maryville
College said this morning.
Crisp said the truck was traveling south toward the wooded area when it
went out of control. The truck first struck a tree head-on, causing the
vehicle to rotate. The truck then slammed into a second tree on the
The chief said there were no witnesses to the crash, but people heard
the impact and immediately ran to the scene. Crisp said he was not aware
of where the group was going when the crash occurred. Bowers was
graduated in 2005 from Maryville College with a bachelorís degree in
This was his second year as an assistant football coach. He helped coach
the secondary for the Fighting Scots football team.Bowers had lettered
in baseball, basketball and football at Loudon High School.
Adams said Bowers was hired in the fall of 2006 as a part-time assistant
football coach. In February, Adams said, Bowers was hired on full-time
and he was involved in recruiting for the football program.
Bowers, Adams said, did not live on campus.
Morningside Lane leads to a 118-acre portion of the campus that is
undeveloped, Adams said. That wooded section contains the Ruby Tuesday
Lodge and the House in the Woods.
Ruby Tuesday leases the lodge from Maryville College. The lodge is used
as a training center for Maryville College managers and is rented out to
the public for various events. The House in the Woods, Adams said, is a
conference and visitor center.
Adams said the football coach was "gathering members of the football
program together" this morning to mourn and remember Bowers. A regular
1:15 p.m. chapel service today will serve as a memorial service for
Bowers, especially for those on campus who knew Bowers, Adams said.