DURHAM, N.H.-- Phil Rowe, formerly the head coach at Keene State College and Plymouth State College, will continue his string of coaching jobs in the Granite State as the 19th head coach of the University of New Hampshire men's basketball program. The announcement was made today by UNH Athletic Director Judy Ray. Rowe replaces former head coach Jeff Jackson, who recently resigned and is now an assistant men's basketball coach at Vanderbilt University.
"Coach Rowe has a proven record of turning programs around," said Ray. "He's a native of New Hampshire, a strong recruiter and he creates excitement for the game of basketball among fans, alumni and the community. His enthusiasm, spirit and creativity will be a great addition to the UNH athletic department team."
Rowe, who has compiled a winning 180-149 record in 13 seasons as a head coach, has spent a large portion of his basketball coaching career in the state of New Hampshire, most recently serving as a successful head coach at Keene State College from 1996-99.
"I am very excited to have been chosen to lead the University of New Hampshire basketball program," said Rowe. "This just shows that dreams can come true. I'm looking forward to guiding the men's basketball team to new heights and I am thrilled to be associated with one of the most prestigious universities in the country."
Over the past two campaigns at Keene State, Rowe led his squad to an impressive 41-16 record (20-7 in 1999 and 21-9 in 1998), and two ECAC post-season invitational tournaments. His total three-year mark is 43-38. In 1999, his Owls also earned Co-Little East Conference Championship honors. Rowe and his squads have created a great deal of excitement in recent years, as evidenced by the average attendance for men's basketball increasing from 150 fans per contest to 1,400 per game, not to mention playing in front of four crowds of 2,100.
Prior to a three-year stint as the director of athletics at Daniel Webster College (1993-1996), Rowe gained valuable Division I and AMERICA EAST experience at Boston University as an assistant coach under Bob Brown from 1990-1993.
From 1985-1990, Rowe was the head men's basketball coach at Plymouth State College, where he posted an impressive 74-53 record. While with the Panthers, Rowe coached 12 All-American, 19 All-New England and three Academic All-American student-athletes in basketball and women's soccer, and received conference and New England Coach of the Year honors three times.
Rowe also served as an assistant coach at St. Anselm College from 1984-85 and began his collegiate men's basketball coaching career at New England College in Henniker, N.H., where he was named District Coach of the Year and Conference Coach of the Year.
His ties to the New Hampshire public school systems are also strong, as Rowe coached basketball, baseball, soccer and cross country at Raymond Jr./ Sr. High School.
Rowe has been the director of several basketball camps, including Camp YAVNEH, the Boston University Basketball School and the Plymouth State Basketball Camp.
A 1974 graduate of Plymouth State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, Rowe eventually went on to earn his MEd in Athletic Administration from Boston University in 1993. Rowe, 46, lives in Exeter, N.H., with his wife Suzan and has five children: Amy, 22; Mark, 20; Scott, 18; Kia, 12; and Kimberly 10.