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Sandy Fowler begins her fourth season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan women's track and field program (2012-present). As a former world-class thrower, Fowler oversees all throwing events for the Wolverines.
In three seasons, Fowler has helped five athletes qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds and guided two to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Most recently in 2014, she helped fifth-year senior Joanna Fleming reach the preliminary rounds in the hammer throw for the first time in her career. She also coached heptathlete Aaron Howell in her two throwing events as she advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships and earned Second Team All-America honors.
In her first season at Michigan in 2012, she guided sisters Erin and Emily Pendleton to a 1-2 finish, respectively, in the discus at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Emily Pendleton then went on to win the NCAA East Region discus title and garner All-America second team honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
During the 2013 season, Fowler helped Erin Pendleton advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third time in her career, where she earned All-America honorable mentions recognition for her performance.
Prior to joining the staff at Michigan, Fowler, a nine-time All-American, national champion and Olympian enjoyed a successful 14-year stint as the head women's track and field coach at the University of Alabama (1998-2011).
During her tenure at Alabama, Fowler guided nearly 30 student-athletes to All-America status and produced one national champion, one NCAA Top 8 Award winner, more than 40 All-SEC selections and more than 100 SEC Academic Honor Roll members.
While directing the Crimson Tide, Fowler directed Alabama's Wilamena Hopkins to the 2011 SEC Indoor shot put title.
Prior to taking the reins at Alabama, Fowler spent eight years as the field events coach at the University of Florida (1990-97). During that time, the Gators won four SEC team crowns, as well as the 1992 NCAA Indoor championship. She mentored four student-athletes to seven All-America accolades at Florida.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Fowler's international coaching resume continues to expand. Most recently she represented Team USA as an assistant coach at the 2014 Pan-American Sports Festival in Mexico City, Mexico, as well as the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. While coaching at Alabama, she served Team USA as its head coach at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
Fowler began her illustrious career as a champion shot putter at Northeastern University, where she was a nine-time All-American. Her career as a student-athlete peaked when she won the 1982 AIAW (the NCAA's predecessor) National Outdoor title. Fowler remains the record holder in the shot put at Northeastern with a mark of 53-11.
During her collegiate career at Northeastern, Fowler was named an alternate in the shot put on the 1980 United States Olympic team. She competed internationally for the United States at the 1981 World University Games in Romania and at the 1981 Pan Pacific Games in New Zealand.
The Brookline, Mass., native earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Northeastern in 1983.
In 2007, she was inducted in the Massachusetts State Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
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