Bozeman will begin his first season at the helm of the Northwestern women's basketball program after coaching the men's team at Southern Arkansas from 2005-12.
While there, Bozeman had an overall record of 73-116 and led the Muleriders to the Great American Conference Tournament last season, the school’s first postseason tournament berth in 10 years.
“We are very fortunate to have coach Eric Bozeman commit to leading our women’s basketball program, Carter said. “His character, leadership, and vision set him apart in the search process”
Athletic Director Andy Carter is happy to add Bozeman to his staff.
“The search process took about a week longer than I had planned, but the importance in finding someone who had years of basketball experience and the character to develop young people was paramount," Carter added. "Coach Bozeman is not only a great fit for the vision of Ranger athletics, but his family will be a great addition to the Alva community”
For Bozeman, coaching women's basketball is a new experience.
“I'm extremely excited. It's like a re-birth to me,” Bozeman said. “It's something different. I'm really excited about the community and university and appreciative to be given the opportunity"
Another quality Bozeman brings to the table is his experience in the Great American Conference as they make the transition into that conference beginning next season.
Bozeman spent time at Henderson State. He was the assistant coach of the Reddies from 1991-93 before taking over as head coach. He was the face of the Henderson State program from 1993-98 and led the squad to a 71-67 record during his tenure as head coach.
After leading the school to consecutive 20-win seasons, Bozeman took the job as assistant men's head coach at Ole Miss. He worked under head coach Rod Barnes from 1998-2005. Bozeman helped lead the Rebels to three 20-win seasons, three NCAA Tournament berths and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2000-01.
“There was some initial concern that Eric has not coached on the women’s side, but, once I met him and completed the necessary research, I have no hesitation at all," Carter said. "I feel his basketball experience, character, and desire to develop and educate young people make him a great fit for our women’s basketball program. Eric owns the unique qualities to be a great women’s basketball coach.”
Bozeman has a Master's of Science (Counseling) from Henderson State and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Arkansas Tech.
Bozeman has been active in the community over his career. He served on the Board of Directors on the South Arkansas Youth Services from 2009-present and on the board of directors on "Real Deal in the Rock" from 2005-present.