Fowler resigns as Generals’ boys basketball coach

Stonewall Jackson High School is back in the market for a new varsity boys basketball coach.

Less than a year after being appointed as the Generals’ new head coach, David Fowler announced his resignation from the post several weeks ago. Stonewall Jackson is now looking for its third different head boys basketball coach in as many seasons.

“I appreciate Principal Mike Dorman for recruiting me for that job and the opportunity to coach one season there,” Fowler wrote in a message through social media Monday afternoon.

“It just wasn’t a good fit,” he added.

In Fowler’s lone season at Stonewall Jackson this past winter – his first as a high school varsity basketball coach – the Generals went 2-19 while going winless in the Shenandoah District for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Stonewall, which had both of its wins come against fellow Virginia High School League Group 1A foe Rappahannock County, dropped a 49-47 contest to Riverheads in the Conference 44 tournament quarterfinals to end the season on Feb. 12.

The Generals played much of the season with only eight players on the roster.

Stonewall Jackson’s struggles this past season came on the heels of a one-win campaign in 2014-15, the third and final season for former head coach Patrick Smoot. The Generals won seven games in each of Smoot’s first two seasons after recording just one victory in the three previous seasons combined.

Fowler, the founder and program director of Your Future Basketball Inc., a youth program that operates in the Shenandoah Valley, said he has been hired as an assistant coach for Massanutten Military Academy’s varsity boys basketball team since his resignation from Stonewall Jackson. James Simpkins is the head basketball coach at MMA.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com