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Kyle Fowler (1981) - Football, Basketball

Kyle Fowler
HoF Individual
Induction Year

Kyle Fowler grew up in Longview and came back to live and coach in Longview after college.  Kyle went to Olympic elementary school, Monticello Junior High School and R.A. Long.  While at R.A. Long Kyle distinguished himself as one of the best high school athletes in the state of Washington.  Kyle played football, basketball and baseball for 3 years.  In Football he played for the late Gary Ekergren and made All Conference and All State. He held the R. A. Long receiving touchdown record for 25 years until his son Luke Fowler broke his record in 2006.  In addition, Kyle held the R. A. Long record for most receiving yardage in single season: he held that record for 20 years.  Kyle played in the All State football game in 1981.  Kyle played an important role for the R.A. Long Lumberjacks as R.A. Long beat Kelso 22 to 8 during his senior year.  In the winter Kyle played basketball for Daun Brown and made All Conference while leading the league in scoring and rebounding his senior year.  During springtime Kyle turned his talents toward baseball and played for Mike Polis.  After high school Kyle received a football and baseball scholarship to Yakima Valley Community College where he continued to excel in football and basketball but decided to hang up the baseball cleats.  Kyle was a Junior College All American his freshman year in basketball and Junior College All American in football his sophomore year at Yakima Valley Community College.  He was the Yakima Herald Athlete of the year in 1983.  After his two years at Yakima Valley Community College Kyle received scholarship offers to play football at Fresno State, Portland State and Central Washington but Kyle chose to play football for the Central Washington Wildcats.  While at Central Washington Kyle was All Evergreen conference Wide Receiver his junior year and was All Evergreen conference and All American his senior year.  After college he had free agent tryouts with the Portland Breakers (USFL) and the BC Lions in the Canadian League and was invited but did not attend a free agent try out with the Denver Broncos.  After completing his athletic career Kyle moved back to Longview and started his coaching career as a R.A. Long football coach and freshman basketball coach in 1988 where he coached football for 20 years.  In 1995 Kyle became the R.A. Long head basketball coach and coached until 2006 (His son Luke’s senior year).  His record at R.A. Long is 162 – 125.  Kyle led R.A. Long to two state appearances in basketball.  Kyle and his son Luke have been radio announcers for both football and basketball.  Kyle currently works as the Sales Director for West Coast Paper and continues to live in Longview with his wife Jodi.  He has a daughter Lacey Grady who lives in Longview with her husband Ryan and their two children, and his son Luke lives in the Portland area.