Bubba McDowell begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Cougars, where he coaches the UH safeties. He arrived on Cullen Boulevard after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Southern University.
McDowell was drafted in 1989 and earned a starting position, as a rookie in training camp. He received First Team All-Rookie accolades from Pro-Football Weekly and Football News.
In 1991, he was awarded the "Ed Block Memorial Courage Award" for the Oilers. The award acknowledges "a player's courage in the pursuit of professional excellence." Associated Press and Pro Football Newsweekly honored him with a Second Team All-Pro Selection.
McDowell was one of only four defensive players to start all 16 games, during the Oiler '92 season. He ranked first among Oiler defensive backs with 91 tackles and tied for first in fumble recoveries with three, tied for second in team interceptions with four, and was second in passes defended with a career-best of 13.
McDowell's outstanding and consistent community service was recognized in 1994. The Houston Oiler leadership selected him as the team's "NFL Man of the Year." After a five-year career with the Oilers, McDowell, played the `95 inaugural season with the Carolina Panthers.
In 1995, he became one of the first two professional athletes to receive the Human Enrichment of Life "Young African American Achiever" award. During the same year he became the first athlete ever to receive the Friends of Friends "Positive Influential African American Male" award.
In 1996, earned the first "Warren Moon Athletic and Community Service Award." The award was established, in collaboration with Houston's United Negro College Fund, to recognize and honor professional athletes who have excelled in their particular sport, while dedicating themselves to improving the lives of others.
McDowell has and continues to volunteer and assist with The United Negro College Fund, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, The Escape Center, Communities in Schools, Sickle Cell Association of the Texas Gulf Coast, Leukemia Society, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to name a few. He is a Lifetime Member of the NAACP. He is a member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's prestigious National "Muscle Team."
He has spoken to thousands of students in the Houston, Aldine, Fort Bend, and Conroe Independent School Districts.
McDowell is a longtime volunteer with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and actively participates in the organization's youth ministries and programs. He is a member of the newly organized Texan Ambassadors, the Houston Texan community outreach program utilizing local retired NFL players.
McDowell was selected to participate in the NFL's Minority Coaching Internship Program. He served as a minority-coaching intern for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, and Houston Texans.
Prior to joining the Texas Southern University football coaching staff, in 2003, McDowell served as partner and vice president for Copelands of New Orleans. Before closing its doors, the restaurant became one of Houston's most popular and profitable hot spots.
McDowell graduated from the University of Miami, in Florida, with a degree in Business Management. Bubba and his wife, Candace reside in Missouri City, Texas along with their sons, Trey and Myles.