McGowan started playing sports at Trewhitt Junior High School, now known as Lake Forest Middle school.
She played basketball, volleyball and golf. McGowan went to high school at Bradley Central where she continued to be a three-sport athlete, in volleyball, basketball and softball.
During her career at Bradley, she led her volleyball team to two state championships and was named MVP back-to-back.
In her senior year, McGowan led the Bearettes’ basketball team to the state finals. Although losing in the state finals, she was named state tournament MVP. She is the only female athlete in Bradley history to be the state MVP in two sports.
“I want to thank the Cleveland City Schools system for giving me the opportunity to come back to my home town and be able to share with these young athletes the knowledge and experiences that I have learned from playing (NCAA) Division I basketball and playing at the professional level. I feel that my knowledge and experiences can help these young players at CMS become the fundamental players that coach Kiser needs at the high school to take the Cleveland High School girls basketball program to the next level. I am very grateful for this opportunity to work in conjunction with coach Kiser and build those fundamentals for these young athletes to make Cleveland girls basketball the finest," said McGowan.
CMS athletic director coach Scott Carroll added "We are proud to add Amy to our coaching staff. We try to hire coaches with a love and passion for their sport and with great experience. Amy fits the bill perfectly. Our girls will continue to be a state power in basketball."
McGowan received a scholarship to Clemson University where the Lady Tigers won their first ever ACC championship in Clemson basketball history — for men or women — in her 1996 freshman year.
She was named to the All-Rookie team in the ACC as a freshman. She was named to the All-ACC team her junior and senior year and won another ACC championship her senior season.
The Clemson Lady Tigers finished in the Sweet 16 in 1999. McGowan was elected to the WBCA women’s collegiate all-star game her senior year.
She also was selected to participate in the national 3-point shooting/slam dunk contest in 1999. McGowan won the women’s finals and went on the beat Jason Terry, who currently plays for the Boston Celtics, in the battle of the sexes.
She was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. McGowan continued her basketball career at the professional level playing one year in Portugal and one year in France.
Coach McGowan began her coaching career at Baylor High School as an assistant for two years before taking the head girls basketball and softball job at Copper Basin High School where she stayed for six years.
McGowan lead the Lady Cougars to two substate berths while at Copper Basin — the first in school history — while wining district titles. She came to Cleveland High School in 2010 and became the assistant softball and volleyball coach.
"I look forward to coaching at Cleveland Middle school and teaching these girls the fundamentals of the game that were taught to me by basketball’s finest, Joe Spencer, Gary Davis, Jim Smiddy, Paul Cretton and Jim Davis. These coaches in my career not only taught me about the game of basketball they taught me about life and have shaped the person I am today. They all have a lot of knowledge of the game and I want to be that kind of person for these young athletes,” said the new Lady Raiders coach.