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CDM welcomes Duke's Brendan Fowler to its staff

Former Duke and current Charlotte Hounds face-off specialist joins the coaching staff at CDM
Former Duke All-American face-off midfielder Brendan Fowler recently joined the lacrosse coaching staff at Corona del Mar. Before coming to CDM, Coach Fowler spent the 2016 season as the head coach at JSerra.

"We are extremely excited to have Brendan join our staff," commented CDM head coach G.W. Mix. "As a player and coach, he embodies so many fundamental values we hold in high regard. With a number of multi-sport athletes in our program, his experience as a three sport student-athlete at Duke (football, lacrosse and wrestling) will be invaluable."

"Brendan is a talented young coach and will bring a great deal of high level, competitive experience to practice with him each day. Our kids and coaches can really benefit from his experiences in high school, at Duke, and in the MLL."

The decision to offer Fowler an opportunity at CDM may have caused some turmoil in the Mix family. It was Fowler and his face-off prowess that may have been the difference in Duke's 11-9 win in the 2014 National Championship over Notre Dame while Mix's son Ryan was a senior with the Irish.

"it took a bit of convincing for Ryan to be comfortable with a Duke guy joining our staff," Mix said. "I know when he comes home for Thanksgiving and has a chance to spend some time with Brendan, he'll feel a lot better about it and quickly realize his high school program is in great hands."

In addition to coaching at CDM, Coach Fowler will continue to ply his trade as a face-off specialist in Major League Lacrosse with the Charlotte Hounds. He is also determined to make the 2018 U.S. National Team that will compete in the 2018 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England.

"One of the main reasons Brendan chose to step down from his role at JSerra was to be able to continue to play in the MLL, without having to miss games, and to pursue his dream of making the 2018 U.S. National team. Both are extremely hard to do as the head coach of a high school program."

At Duke
During his lacrosse career at Duke, Fowler was a two-time NCAA Champion (2013 & 2014), the Most Valuable Player in the 2013 NCAA National Championship game, a two-time All-American (2013 & 2014), two-time All-ACC Team member (2013 & 2014), two-time All-ACC Academic Team (2013 & 2014), a USILA Scholar All-American (2014), and three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree (2012-14). He finished his career with 816 faceoff victories to rank fourth in NCAA Division I history. In addition to his lacrosse career at Duke, Fowler was a three-year member of the Blue Devils football team and joined the wrestling team while pursuing a graduate degree in Duke's business school.

In the MLL
The Charlotte Hounds selected Brendan Fowler with the 13th overall selection in the 2014 Collegiate Draft. Since that time, he has been the Hounds’ feature face-off specialist and is a two-time MLL All-Star (2015 & 2016).

Coach Fowler grew up on Long Island in Wantagh, NY. He is the son of John and Denise Fowler and has three younger brothers, Danny, Jack and Vincent.  Danny is currently a goaltender for the Duke men’s lacrosse team.

We recently sat down for a brief conversation with Coach Fowler...

CDMLAX: How did you get involved in coaching?

COACH FOWLER: When I first started school at Duke in 2010, coaching high school lacrosse was the last place I thought I would be after finishing undergrad and business school there. Towards the end of my time at Duke, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after college, I started to think of people that I admired most and had the biggest impact on my life. Almost every single one of them were coaches that I had throughout my life. From my father coaching me in football as a kid growing up, to my high school and college coaches, these were the men I aspired to be like. They pushed me athletically beyond where I ever thought I could reach athletically and they have shaped me to the person I am today. I hope to have a similar impact on the kids that I coach.

CDMLAX: What made you decide to join the coaching staff at CDM?

COACH FOWLER: Deciding to coach at CDM was a no brainer for me after getting to spend some time with G.W. and the rest of the staff here. After talking a few times, I realized how similar our beliefs are on coaching and how wins and losses are much less important to us than developing hard working young men who are, more importantly, good people.

CDMLAX: You played three sports at Duke. Tell us about that experience.

COACH FOWLER: I played almost every sport that you can think of growing up. In high school, I played football, wrestled, and played lacrosse. I went to Duke as a football recruit and decided to play lacrosse as well after meeting the coaching staff and players on the team. During my 5th year at Duke, when I was in business school, I also wrestled. I think playing multiple sports has had a huge impact on my success as an athlete and why I have been able to play sports so long without getting burnt out on any of them. I could carry several things over from any one of those sports to the next. I also thought changing sports throughout the year, especially when was younger, brought me a new sense of energy and excitement when I began the next season. I will strongly recommend to all of our players at CDM to be involved in as many sports and activities that they want to be.

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