Lori (Anda) Bowen ('83)
Basketball - Softball - Volleyball
Lori Anda-Bowen (C'83) was a true pioneer in the University of Dubuque's women's athletics program. Receiving a scholarship to attend the school for both volleyball and softball in 1981, she earned five letters during her tenure as a Spartan student-athlete. Excelling in volleyball, Lori was the co-captain of the first UD women's team to win the Iowa Conference Tournament in 1982, which was also the first year of women's Iowa Conference competition. Because of her success on the court Lori was the first female recipient of the MVP award voted on by the conference coaches. She was named First Team All-Iowa Conference that same year. She also received recognition on the All-Tournament Team at the Volleyball Invitational at Central College and Black Hawk College Invitational. She was voted best all-around player and Super Spartan by her teammates.
Lori proved that she was an all-around athlete by not only succeeding on the volleyball court. She joined the basketball team in 1982 earning a letter and leading the team in assists and free throws made. As spring time rolled around a common place to find Lori was on the softball field. As the starting center fielder for the 1982 team, she led the team in hitting with a .368 batting average as the leadoff hitter. She reached base more than 45% of the time while recording 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts. After the season she was named the teams Best Defensive Player and Stolen Base Leader.
After leaving UD, Lori continued to be recognized for her talents. In 1992 she won the Women's National Class B Slow Pitch Softball Championship being voted to the All-Tournament team. In 2001 she was named the Menomonie Golf & Country Club Women's Club Champion.
Lori's pioneering spirit has continued throughout her life. She started the first women's softball program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1991 where she also worked as the Assistant Volleyball Coach and Assistant Intramural Sports Coordinator. Since then she has given up her coaching responsibilities and works as the Director of University Recreation Programs at UW-Stout.