The Maryland women’s basketball team welcomed Katie Fowler to its staff as the new assistant director of basketball performance in June 2012. Fowler oversees with the team and staff on basketball-specific athletic development and performance training programs tailored specifically for members of the women’s basketball team, as well as nutritional guidance.
"We’re ecstatic about Katie. She fits the really high standards for what we want out of our basketball performance coaches,” head coach Brenda Frese said. “She's on the cutting-edge in terms of techniques and she's hungry to keep learning more every day. She's going to continue what we've seen the past two years, which is using basketball-specific methods to help our players push beyond what they might have thought were their limits. We really feel like we have the best basketball performance program in the country."
In her first year with the Terps, Fowler helped guide them through a season with numerous injuries. Down to just six healthy players at one point, Fowler and the Terrapins' staff handled the student-athletes' nutrition, rest and recovery expertly to help them to a Sweet Sixteen finish. In her second and third seasons, Fowler played an integral role in helping the Terrapins to back-to-back Final Fours. Fowler also helped the Terps to their 18-0 record in conference play in their first year in the Big Ten, as well as the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.
Fowler earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Truman State University in 2008, where she played basketball for all four years. She went on to earn her master’s of education in intercollegiate athletic leadership from the University of Washington in 2009.
In the 2008-09 season, she worked as a graduate assistant in the strength and conditioning unit at Iowa State and worked with the school’s Olympic sports. Through the 2009-10 season, Fowler served as a women’s basketball assistant coach at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Prior to joining Virginia in August 2011, she spent a year as a personal trainer at The Boston Raquet Club.
“I am humbled and honored to become a part of the Maryland basketball family,” Fowler said. “Coach Frese and her staff immediately impressed me with the tradition of excellence they have established on a national level. The opportunity to work alongside Kyle Tarp every day and continue to grow and advance the basketball performance training program he has established makes me incredibly excited about the future of Maryland basketball.”
Fowler will work alongside director of basketball performance, Kyle Tarp, who began implementing his program with the women’s basketball team in 2010 years ago. In 2011, Tarp worked with the men’s basketball team and now oversees both teams' development.
“We are excited to have Katie Fowler as the new assistant director of basketball performance,” Tarp said. “Katie is dynamic, competitive, intelligent and brings a wealth of training knowledge and experience to College Park. Katie has developed a deep understanding of the performance needs specific to basketball through her experience as a collegiate level player, coach and strength and conditioning specialist. Through these experiences, she has developed a progressive, logical and comprehensive training system that will provide our athletes with the physical tools to be successful.”