Sailfish Baseball Inks Coral Shores Product in Stephen Fowler
June 30, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- As the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team continues to look toward the future, head coach Rob Avila has announced another recruit signing for the 2009 season in the form of Coral Shores High School standout Stephen Fowler to a national letter of intent.
While playing for the CSHS Hurricanes under head coach Jeff Meyers, Fowler was utilized all over the field as a utility player with most of his time spent in the outfield or at first-base. With the Sailfish welcoming in a host of new players for next season, Fowler will join his teammates in the fall for off-season practice and find where he will fit in the PBA lineup.
Having just finished his third season at the helm of the PBA program, Avila continues to recruit with a certain type of student-athlete in mind, which he believes Fowler fits the mold.
"We are blessed to have a young man who is so physically, mentally and spiritually mature,” said Avila. “Stephen has an extremely bright future ahead of him and we are thankful to be able to be a part of that for the next few years," continued the Sailfish skipper.
A dual-sport standout in both baseball and basketball, Fowler earned his fair share of accolades on and off the field. A four-year letter winner in both sports, Fowler earned All-State honorable mention recognition for his performance on the diamond as a junior while also serving as a team captain and the team’s chaplain. It was no wonder that he also brought home the team’s Sportsmanship award as well as the team MVP in the form of the Hurricane Award.
Fowler also found success on the hardwood where he was awarded the team’s leadership award as well as 1st Team All-County for his success on the court.
Awards and honors didn’t just come in the form of athletics for Meyers as he also garnered recognition in the classroom as he finished in the top-10 of his graduating class with a 3.95 grade point average. A National Honor Society member as well as an Honor Roll selection all four years of his prep career, Meyers was also awarded a spot on the 2007 American Legion Florida Boys State listing for his academic success.
Although Fowler is undecided on a college major at this time, he does seemed pleased with his collegiate decision.
"I'm thankful that God gave me the ability and guided me in the direction to play baseball at PBA; I'm living the dream,” concluded Fowler.
With the summer going by quickly, it won’t be long until Fowler makes his way to campus and hits the diamond with his new teammates.