Coaching in the dictionary is described as one who instructs players in the fundamentals of a sport and directs team strategy.

For University of South Alabama Women's Basketball Coach Terry Fowler, it's so much more than just that.

Coaching runs in the family for the Fowlers

Coaching runs in the family for the Fowlers

"Always care about the kids and just try to put them in situations that they can be successful on and off the floor and that's the main thing. It's just a day-to-day relationship building,” Fowler said. 

That philosophy has translated into a lot of success for the South Alabama Lady Jags.

Last season Fowler led the program to its first postseason appearance in more than a decade.

This year the team started the season 12-0, going undefeated in non-conference play, and continues to compete for another post season bid.

Terry isn't the only coach in the family winning on the court. His youngest daughter, Madison has joined the coaching ranks.

"As a coach she's similar to me on the floor as well. She is just kind of watching the game, observing. Making adjustments. Not a screamer or yeller, not overly emotion. I see a little bit of her in me,” he said. 

Madison already has a championship title on her coaching resume and and it was only her first year.

"Just joy. It was the best thing ever," said the 19-year-old, Denton Middle School head girls basketball coach

Her dad knew she had what it took to be a coach from an early age.

"Somewhere between the age of 8 to 10, we were watching a game one time and the Celtics or something happen and someone had a run and she said,  'daddy why didn’t Doc Rivers call a timeout? They are on an 8-0 run.' I just kind of looked at her funny like hey are you aware of this."

Madison led the Denton Middle School Girls team to an 11-1 record and the Division 1A Middle School Championship.

What's her strategy?

"Let them play, let it come to them. Not putting any pressure on them. Just letting them play and figuring it out themselves. I am going to guide them but let them figure it out," she said.

As for Madison’s future in coaching, she said she’s just enjoying the ride. However, her dad has some other plans.

"I told her as she moves up, maybe I’ll come be an assistant for her one day,” dad said. 

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