Football Coaches

Glen Fowles '96

Glen Fowles '96
  • Head Coach
  • (3rd year, 19th year on WU staff, 15-4)
  • BA, Willamette University  '96
  • Sparks 216
  • (503) 370-6424 voice

Glen Fowles enters his third season as the head coach of the Bearcats in 2014. It is his 19th season on the Willamette University coaching staff. He owns a 15-4 record as the team's head coach, including an 8-4 record in the Northwest Conference. 

Fowles was Willamette's assistant head coach, offensive coordinator (14 years) and offensive line coach. He also has served as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator. Prior to coaching at Willamette, he played two seasons for the Bearcats as an offensive lineman.

“For me, Willamette University is home,” Fowles said. “I have met a lot of great people and made many friends in my time at Willamette. I am a product of Willamette and have a passion for this place that transcends football. At this time, I couldn't imagine anyone else being the head coach of this football team.”

During the 2013 season, Fowles led Willamette to a 7-2 record, including 4-2 in the NWC. The Bearcats were 15th in NCAA Division III in scoring offense with 41.1 points per game and ranked 19th in total offense with 471.9 yards per contest. The Bearcats were 17th in the nation in passing efficiency with a team rating of 153.89. In addition, WU ranked 16th in kickoff returns at 24.21 yards per attempt.

Willamette was ranked #25 in the final regular season poll released by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

In his first season as head coach in 2012, he led the Bearcats to an 8-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the NWC. Willamette ranked fourth in the nation in passing offense with 355.0 yards per game. The Bearcats were 10th in the country in total offense with 498.1 yards per game and 15th in scoring with 39.6 points per game.

Fowles has coached five offensive linemen who have earned All-America honors a total of eight times. Brandon Bennett was selected All-America three times (2005, 2006 and 2007) and Billy Joe Murray was named All-America twice (2002, 2003).

During his years on the coaching staff, Fowles has helped Willamette achieve a combined record of 119-66 (.643). The Bearcats qualified for the NAIA Division II Playoffs in 1996 and 1997, and competed in the NCAA Division III Playoffs in 1999, 2004 and 2008. Willamette lost in the NAIA national championship game in 1997. Willamette has earned a 65-32 (.670) record in the Northwest Conference over the past 18 seasons.

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 12 times. Last 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.

A native of Canada, Fowles played American football at Westsyde Secondary School in Kamloops, British Columbia. He attended College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., for two seasons of junior college football. He was recruited in part by Dan Hawkins, who later became Willamette’s head coach. Fowles also spent a medical hardship season at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo.

Fowles came to Willamette as a transfer student in 1994 and started two years at offensive tackle. He was named Second Team All-Conference as a junior and was drafted by the Ottawa Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

He chose to return to WU and was chosen Honorable Mention All-NWC as a senior despite missing half the year with a broken leg. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Willamette in 1996. Fowles and his wife, Rochelle have a son, Gavin, age 6, and a daughter, Raegan, 4 years old.


1996 9-2# 5-0* Offensive Line
1997 13-1# 5-0* Offensive Line
1998 7-3 3-2 Offensive Coord.
1999 7-4# 5-0* Offensive Coord.
2000 3-7 0-5 Offensive Coord.
2001 4-5 2-3 Offensive Coord.
2002 6-4 3-2 Offensive Coord.
2003 7-3 4-1 Offensive Coord.
2004 7-4# 4-1 Offensive Coord.
2005 5-4 3-1 Offensive Coord.
2006 2-7 2-4 Offensive Coord.
2007 4-6 3-3 Offensive Coord.
2008 11-1# 6-0* Offensive Coord.
2009 8-2 5-1 Offensive Coord.
2010 7-3 4-2 Offensive Coord.
2011 4-6 3-3

Offensive Coord.

2012 8-2 4-2

Head Coach

2013 7-2 4-2

Head Coach

Head Coach

15-4 8-4 2 Seasons

WU Totals

119-66 65-32 18 Seasons

* NWC champion ** NWC co-champion
# National playoff berth

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