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University of South Dakota - Football
University of South Dakota - Football


David Milke | Director of Football Operations

David Milke, who served as director of football operations for Bob Nielson at Western Illinois, has rejoined Nielson and serves in the same capacity at University of South Dakota.

Milke (pronounced MIL-key) graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 2011 with a degree in finance and real estate. While in Cedar Falls, he served as a student assistant for the Panthers’ football team. He completed scouting reports, assisted coordinators during practice, worked with the DFO on travel procedures and helped run summer camps.

Following graduation, Milke spent one year working for U.S. Bank in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before being hired by Nielson in Macomb. He spent three years at Western Illinois where he coordinated travel, recruiting visits, practice schedules and camps, among other things. He returned to Cedar Rapids in August of 2016 to be an online banking representative for Goldman Sachs Bank before moving to Vermillion in January of 2017.

Milke attended Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. He is engaged to Natalie Bordignon, who also hails from Cedar Rapids.

Jevon Bowman | Head Strength & Conditioning

Jevon Bowman is in his sixth season as the head strength and conditioning coach at South Dakota in 2015-16. Within his first few seasons as the head strength coach he has been influential in developing players beyond the college realm. He had two players drafted into the NFL within the past four years, with Tom Compton going to the Washington Redskins in the sixth round and Tyler Starr being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round. On the basketball court, Charlie Westbrook landed a position overseas in Verona, Italy.

Prior to accepting his position as the strength coach, Bowman served as an assistant football coach in 2009-10. He also played for the Coyote football team from 2004-07 and was part of the 2005 North Central Conference championship team. Bowman helped start the strength program at USD in the spring of 2008 and was the interim head strength coach for the summer of 2009.

A native of Rapid City, S.D., his duties include football, women's basketball and volleyball but oversees all USD sports. He designs, organizes and implements various programs along with testing and evaluating the student-athletes and talking with professional scouts.

A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education, health and coaching from South Dakota in 2008 and his master's degree in exercise science and athletic administration from USD in 2010. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) along with being a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC).

He is married to Rheannon Bowman, a former soccer player at USD and USD's Wellness Center Fitness Coordinator.