For the past 28 years, Ray Fowler has taught history at Springfield High School. For the past 17 years, he has been making history there, too. Fowler, the Spartans’ softball coach, heads one of the most successful high school sports programs in the state. Buoyed by one of the outstanding youth softball programs, which feeds the high school team, Fowler has guided the Spartans to a record eight Ohio Division I State Championships, including four in a row from 1992 thru ’95. Springfield defeated Ellet 7-0 this year in the championship game to complete a 31-1 season. Overall under Fowler, Springfield has won 381 games and lost just 61, a winning percentage of .862. And over the last four championship seasons Springfield has won 114 games and lost five. Under Fowler, Springfield also has won 13 league championships, 11 district championships and nine regional titles. Moreover, 30 of Fowler’s former players have received athletic grants in aid to continue their college careers, and several have followed his lead and are now coaching youngsters themselves in Springfield and elsewhere.