Bruce Fowler, Vanderbilt's defensive coordinator for the past nine seasons, was named the head coach at Furman on Monday.
Fowler spent 16 years at Furman, his alma mater, as an assistant coach before he followed Bobby Johnson to Vanderbilt.
He takes over for Bobby Lamb, who resigned last month after nine seasons as head coach.
“I am thrilled with the tremendous opportunity to be the next head football coach at Furman University,” Fowler said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing and building on Furman football’s championship tradition. That will be our goal, to win championships and to represent Furman with the class, pride and integrity it richly deserves.”
Fowler becomes the 22nd head coach in the history of Furman football, which dates back to 1889.
He began his previous stint on the Furman staff as a graduate assistant and two years leater was promoted to wide receivers coach. Later he switched to defensive backs coach and eventually rose to defensive coordinator.
He joined the football program as a walk-on and ultimately became a two-year letter winner.
"I am extremely pleased Furman University has chosen Bruce Fowler as the new head coach of the Paladins," Johnson said. "Bruce has the leadership abilities required for the position at this time and am confident he will do an outstanding job. With his experience as a player and coach, Bruce knows what Furman Football is all about."