One of the greatest athletes to attend UNM, Ralph Bowyer demonstrated his all-around talents in football, basketball and track in the 1930s. He was all-Border Conference in consecutive seasons in football (1934-35) and basketball (1934-35 and 1935-36).
After his collegiate playing days were over, Bowyer was a record-setting coach at Carlsbad High School. His teams won eight state titles in football, three in basketball and two in track. Bowyer also served as director of athletics at New Mexico Highlands before retiring in 1973.