05 Paul L. Blowers '49
05 Paul L. Blowers '49
Title: HOF Class of '05

Dr. Paul Blowers was one of the original three sport athletes at the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he starred in football, basketball, and baseball. He earned a total of nine varsity letters, six of which were earned as a starter. Blowers received letters in both football and basketball while at San Mateo in 1945, where he completed against the likes of San Francisco State, San Jose State, and Sanford. After a tour at sea, he arrived at the Kings Point campus in 1946, where he earned three additional letters and football, and two letters for both basketball and baseball. Blowers played for two years at wingback and served as the No. 2 quarterback as a senior for head coach Bill Rheinhart, posting a 5-1 record against such Long Island rifles as Adelphi and Hofstra, while also competing against Eastern powers Boston College and Yale. In basketball he was one of the teams top scoring options along with fellow “scoring twin” Burt Ostrau, and was an outfielder/pitcher with the baseball team. At the end of his senior year in 1949, Blowers finished as the runner up for the Admiral Giles C. Stedman Trophy, which is awarded to the top athlete at the Academy. In addition to his athletic achievements, Blowers served as a Company Commander at USMMA and as Battalion Adjunct at San Mateo, and ranked ninth in his class upon graduation. After being released from active duty in the Navy in 1956, Blowers pursued a career in education and became an instructor and head baseball and basketball coach at Everett Community College in the state of Washington, where he led the basketball team to over 200 wins with four Division Championships and two State Championships. After leaving the coaching profession, he assumed leadership positions in college education, eventually serving as a community college President for 22 years until his retirement in 1994.