Mike Rowan to Retire After 16 Seasons

Mike Rowan to Retire After 16 Seasons

SENATOBIA – Following a storied coaching career which yielded 404 wins, fourth-most in the MACJC, Northwest head softball coach Mike Rowan has announced his retirement after 16 seasons in command.

"Northwest has provided my family with many opportunities through the years," Rowan said. "I have had the pleasure of coaching some great student-athletes and have built relationships with other colleagues and friends throughout the state. I plan to spend more time with my family and grandchildren, pick up some old hobbies and make some new ones."

Rowan's retirement comes after the completion of his 16th season leading the Northwest softball program. He leaves as the Rangers' all-time winningest coach, compiling a final career coaching record of 404-249-1 (.618) and a final MACJC record of 222-134 (.624).

Throughout his career, Rowan led the Rangers to 30 or more wins four times and advanced to eight MACJC Tournaments and six NJCAA Region XXIII Tournaments during his tenure. He led Northwest to its first-ever north division championship in the history of the program in 2007 and set a school record for victories with 36. The Rangers added division titles in 2009 and 2015 before softball went to a conference-wide format in 2016. 

A total of 50 Rangers have earned All-MACJC recognition under Rowan's watch in addition to nine NJCAA All-Region 23 selections. An additional 23 have continued their softball careers at the four-year level. 

Off the field, Northwest has boasted one of the nation's top 10 GPAs in six consecutive years, finishing as the NFCA's junior college runner-up in 2013-14 (3.489) and 2014-15 (3.522). The Rangers have also boasted an MACJC-most 68 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes during that time.

This season, Rowan's Rangers compiled a 3.39 team GPA with five student-athletes earning President's or Vice President's list recognition.

An MACJC and Northwest Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Rowan was an All-MACJC selection after the 1977 football season as a quarterback and played in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game. He also lettered two seasons in baseball (1976-77) at Northwest as a pitcher and outfielder and led the Rangers to back-to-back state championships.

Prior to taking over the softball program in 2004, Rowan headed up the track team in 1982 and leading the squad to the MACJC north division, state and Region XXIII championships. For his efforts, Rowan was named state and region Coach of the Year.

Other coaching experience for Rowan came at Senatobia High School from 1991-2002. His duties there included junior high basketball and football coach and girls' cross country coach. Before going to Senatobia, Rowan was director of athletics at Baddour Memorial Center in Senatobia from 1982-92 where he worked with the Special Olympics.

Away from Northwest, Rowan has been a certified official in football, basketball, baseball and softball for almost four decades. He has officiated sports on many different levels including the MAIS, MHSAA and the MACJC. Rowan has been named Softball Official of the Year by the MHSAA on three occasions.

Northwest will begin a search for Rowan's replacement next month.