GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Bruce Fowler has resigned his position as Furman's head football coach, director of athletics Mike Buddie announced today.
"This is a difficult day for Furman University and Paladin Football," said Buddie. "Bruce Fowler is an outstanding man whose integrity, love for the university, and work ethic on behalf of Furman and the football program have been exemplary. He's demonstrated a thorough commitment to the student-athletes and represented Furman in a first class manner at all times. We certainly wish him the very best."
In six seasons as head coach Fowler compiled a 27-43 overall record, including a 20-26 Southern Conference mark. He directed the Paladins to a 6-5 record in 2011, his inaugural head coaching campaign, and guided Furman to a share of the 2013 SoCon championship and league's automatic berth into the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs, for which he garnered SoCon Coach of the Year honors.
Notable wins in the Fowler era included triumphs over FCS third-ranked Appalachian State and fifth-ranked Wofford in 2011, a pair of victories over FBS transition foes Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in the Paladins' drive to the 2013 SoCon title, and a 16-15 win over FBS foe Central Florida in 2015.
Over the past six years Furman posted some of the nation's best NCAA Academic Progress and Graduation Success Rates, and in terms of player recognition, during Fowler's tenure Furman produced nine All-Americans, 54 All-SoCon selections, one league defensive player of the year, and a SoCon Jacobs Blocking Award winner. In addition, 12 Paladins signed professional contracts.
Fowler spent 28 seasons at Furman as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. He came to Furman as a walk-on in 1977, lettered two years as a cornerback, and was a member of the program's first SoCon championship team in 1978 and 1980 title squad.
He began his collegiate coaching career in 1984 as a graduate assistant under Dick Sheridan and in 1986 was promoted to full-time as receivers coach under new head coach Jimmy Satterfield. He played a role in the Paladins going 13-2 and winning the 1988 NCAA I-AA championship, as well as three straight SoCon titles (1988-90).
In 1993 he made the switch to defense, taking over the Paladin secondary and later defensive coordinator duties under head coach Bobby Johnson. In that role he helped Furman claim a pair of SoCon titles and finish as FCS national runner-up in 2001 before departing to Vanderbilt, where he coached for nine seasons before returning to his alma mater as head coach following the 2010 season.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information