MSG Dennis Bowsher

Modern Pentathlon Coach

Sport: Modern Pentathlon
Event: Swimming, Fencing, Shooting, Running, Equestrian
Position: Coach
Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School: W.T. White High
College: Vernon Regional Junior College
Joined Army: August 2005
MOS: 88M, Motor Transport Operator

SFC Dennis Bowsher swam growing up in Dallas, Texas, and learned about modern pentathlon as a sport in 2002. A three-time all-state swimmer, he knew he already qualified for one of the five pentathlon events. Expert coaches taught him to master the other four – fencing, equestrian, shooting, and running – and he became two-time Junior National Champion (2003, 2004) and the 2005 U.S. National Champion right before leaving for Basic Training. His ascent continues with the Army and WCAP, including competing and coaching in the Olympic Games.

What motivates me to perform my best? I always want to beat the guy next to me. It doesn’t matter if it’s in practice or in competition.

Career Highlights

2012 U.S. Olympic Team Member (Men's Individual Event)

2016, 2020 U.S. Olympic Assistant Coach

6x USA Modern Pentathlon National Champion (Men's Individual Event)

11x USA Modern Pentathlon World Team Member (Men's Individual Event)


U.S. Olympian Team Member


U.S. Olympic Team Alternate


11x U.S. World Team Member

6x USA Modern Pentathlon National Champion