Rowe signs long term contract extension with UNH

DURHAM, N.H. - Phil Rowe has signed a long-term contract extension as University of New Hampshire men's basketball coach, Director of Athletics Marty Scarano announced today.

"Phil Rowe has brought back excitement and a vision to UNH basketball that had not existed for some time," said Scarano. "We know UNH basketball is on the upswing and that is a testament to Phil's hard work and dedication.

"Combined with his strong ties to New Hampshire, past experience with building successful programs and his unparalleled commitment to student athletes, we know our men's basketball program is in good stead. This contract extension is evidence of the university's commitment to achieving long term success in our basketball programs."

Entering his third season as the head coach of the men's basketball program, Rowe checks in with a 10-46 record after two rebuilding seasons. Rowe's intense, up-tempo coaching style has brought on a renaissance of sorts for the Wildcat program. Despite the two straight subpar seasons, the UNH basketball program appears to be grabbing the attention of the New Hampshire fandom, as exhibited by a 27 percent increase in home attendance at Lundholm Gymnasium from 1999-2000 to the 2000-01 season. Rowe has the fans, and most importantly the players, believing a Wildcat winning tradition is just around the corner.

"I'd like to thank President (Joan) Leitzel, Marty Scarano and his administration for their support as we build our foundation from the success here at the university," said Rowe today after the announcement. "I also want to give special thanks to my family, my wife Suzan and my kids for all their support; and my assistants and the players as well, who have stood by to help generate this enthusiasm."

Rowe, who has compiled a 190-195 record in 15 seasons as a head coach, has spent a large portion of his basketball coaching career in the state of New Hampshire. Prior to his arrival at UNH, he most recently served as the successful head coach at Keene State College from 1996-99.

In his two most recent 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 was 43-38. In 1999, his Owls also earned Co-Little East Conference Championship honors. Rowe and his squads have created a great deal of, 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-America, 19 All-New England and three Academic All-America student-athletes in basketball and women's soccer, and received conference and New England Coach of the Year honors three times. From 1986 through 1989, Rowe guided the Panthers' women's soccer program to four straight New England Championships and three NCAA Final Fours.

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.

An accomplished multi-sport athlete at Exeter High School, Rowe was a staple of the basketball and baseball teams for four years in addition to playing football and soccer and running cross country. After high school, Rowe attended Plymouth State College where he played basketball and baseball for four years.

A 1974 graduate of Plymouth State with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, Rowe went on to earn his Master's of Education Degree in Athletic Administration from Boston University in 1993.

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