The UNA women’s basketball program is in the process of finding a new head coach after Terry Fowler resigned last week to become the new head coach at South Alabama. Fowler will be reunited with his former boss at UNA, Joel Erdmann, now the athletic director at South Alabama. Just a few months ago, Erdmann hired former UNA soccer coach Graham Winkworth for the same position at South Alabama.
In seven seasons at UNA, Fowler posted a 115-85 record . The Lions recorded a 20-11 mark last year and went 21-7 in 2011 during the team’s two NCAA Division II South Region Tournament appearances. His overall collegiate coaching record is 206-176 over 13 seasons.
Fowler took over UNA when it was at the bottom of the GSC and immediately made the team competitive again. The Lions had a nine-win improvement his first season, finishing second in the GSC East. He continued to build the program and in 2011 the Lions went undefeated in conference play and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994. He was named GSC East Division Coach of the Year.
He earned GSC Coach of the Year honors this past season, leading a team with only one returning starter to a second-place GSC finish.
As he built his teams, Fowler did so with class. He strived to bring in girls that were not only good basketball players but good students and good people as well. His players loved him and he was extremely popular among the UNA fan base. Fowler loved UNA and hated to leave, but the job at South Alabama was too good to pass up.
UNA faces a big challenge in replacing Fowler. The bulk of last year’s team will be back, so whoever takes over will have a very talented team already in place. This is a key hire for UNA, with the inpending move to Division I. so it will be very interesting to see who Fowler’s successor will be.Share on Facebook