Word came down earlier on Monday that long time Lewis Mills girls soccer coach, Dennis Fowler, was stepping down as head coach after nine years on the pitch.
With a growing family and a house project in the near future, Fowler is slowing the fast paced world he lived in while coaching two of the best girls programs in the state.
The Spartans girls basketball and soccer teams are always near the top in the Berkshire League, year after year.
Fowler leaves afer 165 basketball games in which he sported a record of 137-22-6.
His teams always competed.
The regular and post season number are tremendous.
6 BL Championships (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010) 9 Class M State Tournament appearances.
1 Class M State Finals appearance.
3 Class M semi-finals appearances.
2 perfect 16-0 seasons.
Fowler spoke of his time on the sidelines in a press release, Monday afternoon. "It was not an easy decision. The last nine fall seasons at Region 10 have been some of the best times of my life.
I was able to work with some of the finest student-athletes in the state year after year.
Talent was always in abundance, but even better, the Mills girls always worked hard and played hard.
I'll miss the practice planning, the pasta dinners, and the parents who did so much to support the program. I will miss the strong community support for soccer in Burlington and Harwinton, especially BJSA and the Burlington Rec Department.
Most of all, I will miss my players and the passion for the game of soccer we both shared on the field each day. That is the time I will miss the most each fall." Fowler leaves two programs that sit on solid footing and leaves now to do what he always preaches to his players.
Good luck good friend, you will be missed on game day, you made it fun for us too.