(FREDERICTON, NB) Laura Fowler is returning to the Varsity Reds.
After a year in the green and gold of the St. Thomas University Tommies, playing out her eligibility, Fowler is back at UNB, this time as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team.
“I’m excited. I think this is going to be good for the team and for me,” said Fowler.
The Moncton native spent five seasons(2008-2013) with the Varsity Reds as a player, her court time limited by two significant knee injuries.
Her transition from shooting guard to coach is one that’s been happening, on a part-time basis until now. For four years, Fowler has been working with the Junior Varsity Reds program, which runs teams for girls at the mini and bantam levels.
“Doing the Junior V-Reds each spring is something that I’ve looked forward to,” said Fowler. “Obviously, coaching 12 and 13-year olds, and coaching 18, 19, 20-year olds is a lot different.”
Fowler will replace Leah Bowers on the Varsity Reds bench.
Bowers and her husband are expecting their second child soon.
Head coach Jeff Speedy is excited to welcome Fowler to his staff.
"Laura will be a great addition,” said Speedy. “She knows the game very well, is already a very good coach, but also wants to learn and improve as a coach.”
Rick Cotter is Speedy’s other assistant.
As much as she knows about basketball, Fowler expects to learn even more from the two veterans.
“There’s no better people around to learn from than Speedy and Cotter. It will be a great learning experience.”
Among other duties, Speedy says Fowler will travel with the team, something Cotter hasn’t done recently.
“He’s been travelling on his own the last few years, so I think that will be good, just to be his sounding board,” said Fowler.
“It was very important to me to find a person who our student athletes can relate to, and we have found just that in Laura,” said Speedy. “She is a great role model for our players, and we are all really anxious to have her step on the court with us in the fall."