Fowler’s future as CR football coach up in air

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By J.M. Soracchi

While Greg Fowler will resume his post as a teacher at Crystal River High School, his position as the Pirates’ head football coach is still very much in doubt.

In a Citrus County School Board report released Tuesday morning, Fowler was served with a 10-day suspension as a teacher for profane, abusive language toward his football players.

He has already completed the punishment, which ended Nov. 9.

Fowler was remorseful during a phone interview in which he apologized for using foul language, but he maintained he never hurled insults at individuals.

“I might have asked a player why they didn’t catch the (expletive) ball,” Fowler said, “but I don’t recall ever directing (anything) at one of my guys.”

In a statement issued by Crystal River activities director Tony Stukes, Fowler’s future hasn’t been determined but will be within a week’s time.

“We have not made a decision yet,” Stukes said. “Obviously, we would like to get a handle on everything and make a decision.”

When asked if he thought the findings of the investigation would potentially undermine his credibility with future CRHS student athletes, Fowler dismissed the notion.

“I don’t think so at all. I have a good relationship with those kids,” Fowler said. “The findings from the report were that the kids interviewed thought I was a good coach, but they didn’t care for me as a person.

“I don’t know if I liked my coaches when I was a kid,” he added.

Crystal River finished 6-4 in 2012, with Fowler missing the last three games. Under interim coach Randy Owens, the Pirates were 2-1 in those contests.

In 17 career games as the Pirates’ head coach, Fowler is 10-7. When he was hired in 2011, he said he saw the Crystal River job as being one he could spend years at if everyone involved with the program was happy.

He still holds that to be true.

“I think I need to find a different motivational tool,” Fowler said. “I need to redirect the intensity.

“I think if anyone’s watched the program in the last 10 years, they would see this program is going in the right direction on the field.”