Terry Fowler was named the University of South Alabama women’s basketball program’s ninth head coach on April, 17, 2013 coming off two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in the previous three years at North Alabama.
Fowler will enter his 20th season as a head coach during the 2018-19 season and the Jackson, Tenn., native now holds a career coaching record of 267-270 (.497) and a 60-92 record during his first five seasons at South Alabama.
While at South Alabama, Fowler has coached five all-Sun Belt Conference selections: Chyna Ellis (‘15-16, ’16-’17), Meghan Dunn (‘13-14), Breanna Hall (‘14-15), Marquita Daniels. All were third-team selections, while Ellis also earned first-team honors during the 2017-18 season. Ellis – the first Jaguar to be selected as the league’s defensive student-athlete of the year back during the 2016-17 season – also earned the honor her senior season, while Savannah Jones was also named the Sun Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year following the 2017-18 season, the first Jag to receive the honor since Whitney Woodard in 2003-04.
Last season, Fowler guided the program to it’s first postseason appearance in over a decade as the Jaguars reached the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. South Alabama also led the nation in blocks with 254 and Ellis became the all-time block leader in Sun Belt history on Jan. 18 against Coastal Carolina while also recording just the fourth triple-double in South Alabama history.
Fowler arrived at USA after spending the last seven seasons at the helm at North Alabama where he guided the Lions to the NCAA Tournament in both 2011 and ’13 while winning 20-plus games in each of those years. During the 2012-13 campaign, UNA posted a 20-11 mark – going 12-6 in the Gulf South Conference – while qualifying for the event, and after ranking in the top 20 nationally in field-goal percentage defense and scoring defense he was named the league’s Coach of the Year. Fowler was also chosen the GSC East Division Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading the Lions to a 12-0 record in conference action; UNA would finish the year 21-7 after advancing to the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance in the event since the 1993-94 campaign.
Twelve Lions earned all-GSC recognition in Fowler’s seven seasons, with a pair selected the league’s East Division Player of the Year. UNA also had the conference Freshman of the Year in 2009. He has also had three academic all-GSC selections during his time at North Alabama – Ashley Moore (2008-09), Julia Myers (2011-12) and Lauren Faris (2012-13).
Fowler has ties to the Mobile community as well, having worked at both USA and Spring Hill prior to taking over the reins of the UNA program. He was an assistant on the Lady Jaguar staff during the 2000-01 and ’01-02 seasons, with his responsibilities including coach guards, recruiting, scouting, strength and conditioning, and handling team travel. During his first year, USA’s 13 wins were the most posted by the program since 1991, while in his second season the Lady Jags finished 17-11 for the school’s first winning record since 1990. USA ranked in the top 25 in the country both years in scoring defense, finishing sixth in the category Fowler’s second year on the staff.
After serving as an assistant at SHC from 1993-98, he was promoted to head coach prior to the start of the ’98-99 campaign. In his second season as a collegiate head coach, Fowler led the Badgers to their first-ever NAIA Tournament appearance and 23-11 overall record while winning both the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. For his efforts, he was named the league Coach of the Year at the end of the year.
Fowler returned to Spring Hill in 2002, and during the next four years led the Badgers to their first-ever NAIA national ranking and the semifinals of the GCAC Tournament on two occasions, while helping SHC finish among the top 15 in the nation in scoring defense three consecutive seasons. He served as chair of the GCAC women’s basketball committee and was the Region 6 representative on the NAIA Kodak/WBCA All-America selection committee while in his second stint at the school, also implementing “Reading Badgers” and mentoring programs in, which his student-athletes assisted in the community.
He played his first two years on the collegiate level at Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) before going on to earn all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior at Lane (Tenn.), where he was also a two-time Academic All-SIAC selection. Fowler earned his degree in business administration from the school in 1986, and added a master’s degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in 1994. Fowler and his wife, Carolyn, have four children — Megan, Geoffrey, Morgan and Madison.