Bruce Fowler, a key assistant for more than
a decade at Furman, will serve as defensive coordinator at
Vanderbilt. Fowler, 43, served as Bobby Johnsonís defensive
coordinator and linebackers coach at Furman for the past three
seasons. Johnson was Fowlerís position coach at Furman in
the late 1970s.
Fowler, a Cincinnati native, served 16 seasons
on the Furman coaching staff after starting as a graduate
assistant in 1984. His coaching responsibilities continuously
progressed during his tenure at Furman. For the last three
years, Fowler was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach
for the Paladins. He mentored Furman All-American Will Bouton,
the Southern Conference defensive player-of-the-year in 2000.
Since 1999, the Furman defense has played a crucial role in
the Paladinsí 30-9 overall record, two conference championships,
three consecutive NCAA playoff appearances and an I-AA national
runnerup finish last year.
Prior to coaching Paladin linebackers, Fowler
directed the Furman secondary for six years, coaching six
All-Southern Conference performers, including consensus All-America
safety and current 49er John Keith. Fowler moved to the Furman
defensive staff after serving several years as an offensive
assistant for receivers.
Fowler earned two varsity letters at Furman.
He was a member of the Paladinsí first Southern conference
championship team in 1978, started in the defensive secondary
in 1979, and played on Furmanís 1980 conference champion.
He earned a bachelorís degree in physical education and masterís
degree in physical education from Furman.
Fowler is married to the former Lindy Gilman.
They are the parents of a son, Jake, 7, and daughter, Madison,