The Athletic Department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) is pleased to announce Coach Jim Rowland received his second honor this season as Coach of the Year. Last week Rowland received the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the year and today NEO announced Rowland received the 2016 District B Coach of The Year Award. Rowland is in his eleventh year as head coach for the Lady Norse. He has an impressive 255-88 overall record, making him the second most winningest coach in NEO’s women’s basketball history.
“NEO is lucky to have a coach like Jim Rowland,” said Dale Patterson, athletic director for NEO. “He is an exceptional coach and his record speaks for itself. Jim is a coach of passion and it is obvious when you watch him coach a game. But as passionate as he is about the game, he is also passionate about his team being productive students and mature young women. He is as proud of them as if they were his own. His program is successful because of the type of person he is.”
Rowland is a graduate of Pawhuska High School. He attended Central State University, which later became The University of Central Oklahoma, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education/Recreation in 1992. In addition to being the head coach for the Lady Norse, Rowland is the director of housing for NEO A&M College. Rowland and his wife Tonya Rowland reside in Miami with their three children: Haiden, Tori, and Mason.