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Glen Fowles '96 (left) and Mark Speckman (right)Glen Fowles '96 (left) and Mark Speckman (right)

Willamette promotes Glen Fowles '96 to head football coach

Willamette has promoted Glen Fowles '96 to head the football team, following Mark Speckman's recent decision to step down and return to coach at his alma mater, Menlo College. Fowles previously was the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Bearcats. "Glen is the perfect choice to lead our Bearcat football program. Perhaps no other person better understands and appreciates the tradition of Bearcat football and its important connection to the mission of Willamette,” Director of Athletics Dave Rigsby said. "Glen talks with great pride of his Willamette degree and the numerous faculty, staff and coaches who have influenced him. This appointment will allow him to keep giving back to the university and our students."

“For me, Willamette University is home,” Fowles said. “I am excited that we will be able to keep our fantastic staff together. Our players will benefit from our common vision and consistency."

In the fall of 2011, Fowles completed his 14th season as the offensive coordinator and his 16th season as a member of the Willamette football coaching staff. He also has served as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator.

Fowles was the offensive line coach for the Bearcats in 1996 and 1997, before adding offensive coordinator duties in 1998, when Mark Speckman was promoted to head coach. Fowles was named national Coordinator Coach of the Year in 2008, when Willamette went undefeated during the regular season and finished the year 11-1 after qualifying for the NCAA Division III Playoffs. In 2008, WU set school record with 498 points scored and 69 touchdowns.

Willamette averaged at least 200 rushing yards per game during 13 of the 14 years that Fowles served as the offensive coordinator. The Bearcats ranked in the Top 20 in NCAA Division III for 13 consecutive seasons. This fall, playing one of the most difficult schedules in Division III, the Bearcats averaged 220.9 rushing yards per game to rank 30th out of 239 teams.


Reminder: Rugby set for Seaside match against Oregon State

Intercollegiate rugby ventures to Seaside’s Broadway Field on February 25, 2012 with the inaugural Mayor’s Cup match between Oregon State University and Willamette. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission to the match is free.

More information via the Seaside Chamber of Commerce