MIAMI, Okla. — Pawhuska native Jim Rowland of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College was named recently as the 2014 Region II Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.
It marks the second time that Rowland has received the honor in his nine-year career as a head coach. Rowland also was named coach of the year in 2007 following his second season at the NEO helm.
“We are extremely proud of Coach Rowland, who is an exceptional coach and person,” said Dale Patterson, the NEO athletic director. “He definitely has a passion for the sport, and his record speaks for itself.”
Under Rowland, the Lady Norse compiled an impressive 17-1 conference record and had a 26-3 overall record for the 2013-14 season. The NEO women were to open play this week in the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Tournament at Salina, Kan.
Earlier in the year, the veteran coach earned his 200th victory since taking over the the NEO women’s program in 2005. Rowland’s career record as a head coach currently stands at 204-75, for a 73-percent winning margin.
The only season Rowland failed to lead his squad to 20 wins was in 2009-10. That year, the Lady Norse notched 19 victories and Rowland surpassed the 100-win mark for his career. He is currently the second most winning coach in NEO history.
“We are very fortunate to have him at NEO, and he is very deserving of this award,” Patterson said.
Following graduation from Pawhuska High School, Rowland attended Central State University (now called the University of Central Oklahoma) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation. He and his wife, Tonya, have two daughters — Haiden, 20 and Tori 18 — and a 6-year-old son, Mason.