Aug. 15, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head women's track and field coach James Henry announced today (Monday, Aug. 15) the hiring of former world-class thrower Sandy Fowler as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. Fowler, a 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.
"I am looking forward to working with coach Henry, who has expectations for the track and field program at Michigan to win conference and national championships," Fowler said. "Moving forward, I am on board to get that done and am excited to work with the current student-athletes in the program. I am very impressed with the commitment and the dedication that the athletics department has for its programs. The academic standards are top notch, and I think recruits will be easily attracted to what the University of Michigan has to offer.
"I am very excited about helping move the program in a positive direction by working with the current student-athletes and in recruiting as well. It's my goal to bring in aggressive athletes that can have a positive effect on the whole program."
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 honorees.
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.
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423