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Tim Stowers

Tim Stowers named new football coach

Tim Stowers, head coach of Georgia Southern's 1990 NCAA I-AA National Championship team, has been named head football coach at the University of Rhode Island.

"Tim has more than 20 years of experience in collegiate coaching and has earned four I-AA National Championship rings (one as head coach, three as an assistant). He was a winner as a player, is a winner as a coach and as a person," said URI's Athletic Director Ron Petro. "Our applicant pool of more than 60 candidates was of extremely high quality. The committee recommended him without reservation and we are very pleased that he is leading our football program."

"I appreciate the opportunity to coach here at the University of Rhode Island," said Stowers. "Some people might look at this as a challenge. I look at this as an opportunity. My job here is to establish an attitude--an attitude of winning. Once you do that, everything else will fall into place."

The Huntsville, Ala., native led Georgia Southern to three post-season appearances during his six-year tenure, including the 1990 I-AA National Championship and the 1993 Southern Conference title. His overall record is an impressive 51-23 (.689) including a 6-2 (.750) mark in post-season play.

Stowers earned two letters at Auburn University in Alabama as an offensive and defensive lineman and linebacker. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1980 and a master's degree in 1982 from Auburn. He served for several years as an assistant coach at Auburn. He then joined the Georgia Southern staff as offensive line coach in 1985 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1988.

At 31 years old, Stowers became the youngest head coach in Division I when he was promoted to head coach on December 20, 1989. Less than a year later, he became the first I-AA coach to win the National Championship in his initial season. After a 1-3 start, the Eagles won 11 straight games to end the season with a 12-3 mark. Stowers earned Coach-of-the-Year honors by Kodak, Chevrolet, and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

As head coach of the Eagles, 12 of Stowers' players earned All-America honors and 14 garnered all-conference recognition.

The graduation rate of his players was exemplary. A total of 43 of his 46 (93 percent) seniors completed their degree requirements. He spent the last two seasons as offensive line coach at Temple.

Stowers succeeded Floyd Keith as head coach at Rhode Island. The Rams posted a 1-10 record in 1999 and an overall record of 23-53 in Keith's seven seasons.

By Mike Ballweg

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