Who is Todd Bowles' wife? Meet the family of new Bucs head coach

Joshua Rogers March 31, 2022
Who is Todd Bowles' wife? Meet the family of new Bucs head coach
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We find out more about Todd Bowles’ wife Taneka and their family after it was recently announced he would take over from Bruce Arians as Bucs head coach.

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has announced his decision to retire, moving into a front-office role with the team. Arians, 69, coached the Bucs to the Super Bowl title in the 2020 season. He will now be replaced by his former defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles.

We find out more about Todd Bowles’ wife and family life.

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Bowles takes over the helm

58-year-old former defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles will take the reins in Tampa Bay. Bowles is the sixth active minority head coach in the NFL in what will be his second head coaching role.

He was previously head coach of the New York Jets from 2015 to 2018, where he went 24-40. However, he now has a much more talented roster at his disposal, including legendary quarterback Tom Brady, who recently announced his decision to un-retire.

“I am appreciative of the Glazer family and Jason Licht for having faith in me to take on this role, and to Coach Arians for his support and guidance over the past four decades,” Bowles said in a statement.

“Tampa has become home for my family, and we are excited to remain part of this community for years to come. As an organisation, we have all the pieces in place to continue the winning standard that has been established here in recent years. I am eager to get started with our players, coaching staff, and front office in preparation for the 2022 season.”

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Todd Bowles’ first wife was Jill Jenkins

Todd Bowles’ first wife was Jill Jenkins, whom he married in 2000. The couple had two sons – Todd Jr and Troy – but divorced in 2008. Sadly, Jill passed away in 2017 at the age of 50. At the time of her passing she was reportedly engaged to James Byrson.

Jill Jenkins also had a daughter, businesswoman Sydni Russell, from a previous relationship. Sydni Russell is Todd Bowles’ step-daughter and is engaged to former Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Russell and Mathieu have three children.

Todd and Tyrann have crossed paths many times in the NFL. Mathieu was selected in the 2013 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals, where Bowles was defensive co-ordinator for his rookie season.

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Todd Bowles’ wife Taneka and their children

Todd Bowles’ wife is Taneka Bowles, whom he met in 2007. The couple dated for a few years and tied the knot in 2012. Tyson Bowles, their son, was born in 2011.

Todd and his wife aren’t active on social media. However, Taneka has been spotted at NFL games in the past.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.