Women's Track and Field Announces Captains for 2012 Season
Sandy Fowler begins her first season as an assistant coach with the University of Michigan women's track and field program. As a former world-class thrower, Fowler will oversee all throwing events for the Wolverines.
The nine-time All-American, national champion and Olympian recently enjoyed a successful 14-year stint as the head women's track and field coach at the University of Alabama.
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.
Most recently, 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. 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.
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.