Greg Fowler, Marco Island Academy (MIA) football coach, resigned on December 8.
In his letter of resignation to Melissa Scott, school principal, Fowler said:
“I am writing to inform you of my decision to step down as head football coach following the 2015 season, effective Dec. 8. I appreciate the opportunity I have been given by you and Marco Island Academy. I have enjoyed working with the young men of MIA on and off the football field. This letter is to allow you a reasonable amount of time to find my replacement. I am willing to help in this transition any way that I can.”
He also will not be staying on as a teacher.
The position has been posted at the school and on the Florida High School Athletic Association website.
Kelly Monnot, school athletic director, said, “Coach Greg Fowler has resigned from his duties as the head football coach at Marco Island Academy. We are currently reviewing applications for the position and look forward to moving the program in a new direction. We wish Coach Fowler and his family all the best.”
Fowler came to the school two years ago. The Rays, led by his son, quarterback Andrew Fowler, went 4-6 in the first season, but a disappointing 2-8 this past season. However, in two games the team lost in the waning seconds.
Over the two years the MIA team improved considerably in skills on offense and defense. Fowler, for the second year, was the top passer in Collier County and Tyler Gresham was the top receiver.
Under Greg Fowler the team made a bold move to play out of state in a football showcase in Tyler, Texas. They lost a high-scoring battle, often the case in many of the Rays games last season.
“I am not leaving a team where the cupboard is bare,” he said. “There is a lot of talent for the next coach to work with.”
Fowler has been talking to other schools about coaching and teaching, but declined comment on what comes next.
He doesn’t think it will affect son Andrew’s chances for a scholarship by playing his senior year somewhere else.
“Andrew is looking into colleges to play football and get a good education,” Greg Fowler said. He thinks that Andrew will continue to have quality time wherever he plays next year to continue his scholarship possibilities.
“He’s opened some eyes, with colleges interested in him. He will end up wherever I will be for his senior year. I think he will handle the transition well,” Greg Fowler said.
The Fowler family has enjoyed the Marco community. He and wife Crystal have five children, Charles, 3, Brady, 8, Abby, 13, Cayla, 15 and Andrew, 17.
“It is a great community and it has given the team a lot of support, but I feel the moment is now right for me to step away,” he said.