Former Dawson County High School defensive coordinator Bradley Fowler said that he considers the position of DCHS athletic director his dream job.
Now, Fowler will get a chance to live out his dream after being hired as the school's next athletic director on Tuesday night.
“It was a shock to me,” Fowler said. “I would say this is my dream job. I did my student teaching at Dawson County High School in 1998. It’s a place I always wanted to come back to.”
Fowler has been with DCHS as a coach and a teacher for the past five years and spent the 17 years prior teaching all over the metro-Atlanta area, including Forsyth, Cherokee, Cobb and Fulton counties.
“When the job opened, I immediately applied for it,” Fowler said. “I got my degree in administration years ago and had athletic director in my mind as something I’d be interested in. For 22 years, I was excited about taking on a challenge and when the opportunity opened in Dawson County, it was perfect for me.”
The athletic director job became vacant when former athletic director Jason Gibson accepted a job in Rabun County. Fowler said his main goal is to grow on the foundation that Gibson has laid.
“I feel like my role is kinda just to be there for the coaches and the students and make sure we’re all on the same page,” Fowler said. “It worked out perfectly for me. I’m excited about a new challenge to be honest.”
New sports are becoming associated with the Georgia High School Association and Fowler could be the person to bring them to Dawson County. A successful youth lacrosse program has been started that could bring the sport to high school and girls’ flag football is gaining popularity after having it’s first season in fall 2020.
“I’ve been in several different school systems and I’ve told anyone that will listen that Dawson County is where you want your kids to be in athletics,” Fowler said. “There’s nobody all the way down that isn’t always looking to improve the schools for the communities.”
Fowler, his wife Kelly and three children all reside in Dawson County.