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Eddie Vowell
Biographical details
Born(1946-12-13)December 13, 1946
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
?Gainesville HS (TX)
1983–1985East Texas State (DC)
1986–1998East Texas State / Texas A&M–Commerce
1999–2002Tampa Bay Storm (assistant)
2003Grand Rapids Rampage (assistant)
2004–2006Austin Wranglers (FB/LB)
2007–2008Tampa Bay Storm (FB/LB)
Head coaching record
Overall73–72–1 (college)
Tournaments2–3 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 LSC (1990)
LSC Coach of the Year (1988, 1990)

Eddie Ray Vowell (born December 13, 1946) is a retired American football coach. He is best known for serving as head football coach at Texas A&M University–Commerce from 1986 to 1998.[1] He is second in program history with 73 career wins and led the Lions to the 1990 Lone Star Conference championship and appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs in 1990, 1991, and 1995.

Early life

Vowell was born in Oklahoma but was raised in the small Texas Panhandle community of Mobeetie. He graduated from Mobeetie High School in 1965. He then attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a master's degree in 1978. While at Southwestern Oklahoma State, he was a member of the Bulldogs track team and also was on the dean's list.

Coaching career

Early coaching

After graduating, Vowell coached at several high schools in Texas. He coached David Bailiff while in San Antonio and coached at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Texas before joining the staff at East Texas State.[1]

East Texas State

Vowell was hired by Ernest Hawkins in 1983 as East Texas State's defensive coordinator and track and field coach. He helped lead the Lions to a share of the 1983 Lone Star Conference title.[2]

In 1985, Hawkins announced his retirement from coaching and that he would be transitioning to athletic administration at East Texas State. Vowell was hired as head football coach. In Vowell's first two seasons, the Lions struggled, posting 2–9 records in 1986 and 1987, but the 1988 Lion team finished with an 8–3 record and reached as high as #2 in the national polls, before dropping their two final games to lost out on a conference title and playoff bid. Nonetheless, he was named conference Coach of The Year. The Lions regressed to 4–6 in 1989, but then posted a 10–3 season in 1990 and won the Lone Star Conference with a perfect 7–0 record. They qualified for the national playoffs in 1990, losing in the National Quarterfinals, and again Vowell was named Coach of the Year in the Lone Star Conference. In 1991, the Lions finished second in LSC and returned to the playoffs, finishing as National quarterfinalists again and posted an 8–3 record in 1992. After two .500 seasons, the 1995 Lions returned to the playoffs, finishing 11th in the country. Vowell retired at the end of the 1998 season.[3]

Arena Football League

Vowell was an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League from 1998 to 2002 and again from 2007 to 2008. He also coached the Austin Wranglers as an assistant.

Notable players coached


Vowell lives in Campbell, Texas, just south of Commerce, with his wife Jan.


  • 2-time Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year (1988, 1990)
  • Texas A&M University Commerce Athletic Hall of Fame (2011)

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
East Texas State / Texas A&M–Commerce Lions (Lone Star Conference) (1986–1998)
1986 East Texas State 2–9 1–5 5th
1987 East Texas State 2–9 0–5 6th
1988 East Texas State 8–3 5–2 2nd 15
1989 East Texas State 4–6 2–5 5th
1990 East Texas State 10–3 7–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal 7
1991 East Texas State 8–4–1 4–1–1 2nd L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal 19
1992 East Texas State 8–3 5–1 2nd 14
1993 East Texas State 5–6 1–4 5th
1994 East Texas State 5–5 2–3 4th
1995 East Texas State 8–4 6–1 2nd L NCAA Division II First Round 11
1996 East Texas State 7–4 4–3 T–3rd 20
1997 Texas A&M–Commerce 3–8 2–5 7th
1998 Texas A&M–Commerce 3–8 3–6 7th
East Texas State / Texas A&M–Commerce: 73–72–1 42–40–1
Total: 73–72–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b "Echoes from the Hill". 74 (2). Southwestern Oklahoma State University Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni. 1993. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sport Shorts". November 5, 1985. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Storm add Vowell and O'Hara to coaching staff". January 15, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
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