Bobby Bowden / FSU-Former Head Coach
Robert Cleckler Bowden (born November 8, 1929) is a retired American footballcoach. He coached the Florida State Seminoles football team from the 1976 to 2009 seasons. During his time at Florida State, Bowden led FSU to an Associated Press and Coaches Poll National Title in 1993 and a BCS National Championship in 1999, as well as twelve Atlantic Coast Conference championships since FSU joined the conference in 1991. After a difficult 2009 season and amid questioning fans, Bowden stepped down, just weeks after his 80th birthday. But he was allowed to make his final coaching appearance in the 2010 Gator Bowl game on January 1, 2010, with a 33–21 victory over his former program, West Virginia.
On the day of March 6, 2009 NCAA ruling requiring Florida State to “vacate wins for any games in which an ineligible player participated,” threatened to remove as many as 14 of Bowden’s wins from the 2006 and 2007 seasons in relation to an academic scandal. Florida State appealed the ruling, but the NCAA upheld it on January 5, 2010. Upon final investigation by Florida State University it was determined that Bowden was to vacate 12 wins, bringing his final career record to 377–129–4.
Clay Ingram / CEO Greater Pensacola Chamber and FSU Graduate
Ingram was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010 and has been re-elected subsequently. He currently serves as the Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee and has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on the Florida Defense Support Task Force and the Joint Legislative Budget Commission.
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Ingram worked in sales, real estate and as a teacher in the Escambia County School District, where he taught courses in the Exceptional Student Education Department at J.M. Tate High School.
A Pensacola native, Ingram is a graduate of J.M. Tate High School and of Florida State University (FSU), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in general communication and a minor in political science. While at FSU, Ingram was a member of the football team, where he started 49 straight games for Coach Bobby Bowden and was a member of the 1999 National Championship team. He was also named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll.
An active member of the community, Ingram is a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, the Cantonment Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), Century Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and Board of Directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association. Clay and his wife, Leslie, have two daughters, Madilyn and Lydia.