Willamette promotes its offensive coordinator to lead Bearcat football

Sixteen years after joining Willamette University’s football coaching staff, Glen Fowles ’96 was named the team’s new head coach Jan. 17.

“I am a product of Willamette and have a passion for this place that transcends football,” Fowles says. “I am excited that we will be able to keep our fantastic staff together. Our players will benefit from our common vision and consistency.”

Fowles completed his 14th season as the team’s offensive coordinator this fall and previously served as the Bearcat’s strength and conditioning trainer. He replaces Mark Speckman, who resigned earlier this month to become head football coach at Menlo College in California.

To Athletic Director David Rigsby, Fowles is the perfect person to take Speckman’s place. Not only has Fowles earned the respect and admiration of countless students, alumni, faculty and staff, he’s known for his tireless work ethic and commitment to the university, Rigsby says.

“Perhaps no other person better understands and appreciates the tradition of Bearcat football and its important connection to the mission of Willamette University,” he says. “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.”

During his career at Willamette, Fowles has coached five offensive linemen who have earned All-America honors a total of eight times. He helped the Bearcats achieve a combined record of 100-56-0 (.641), and he was named national Coordinator Coach of the Year in 2008, when Willamette was undefeated during the regular season and finished the year 11-1.

“For me, Willamette University is home,” Fowles says. “I have met a lot of great people and made many friends in my time at Willamette.

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