Sept. 8, 2008
PITTSBURGH – Former University of Memphis pitcher Brandon Rowan has joined the Pitt baseball coaching staff announced head coach Joe Jordano. Rowan, who most recently held the head coaching position at Crichton College in Memphis, Tenn., joins the Panthers’ staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
“I am very pleased to have a coach of Brandon Rowan’s character and experience join our staff,” said head coach Jordano.
“I feel his pitching background and the fact that he has some years as a head coach will bring a great deal to not only our pitching staff, but to our program as a whole. Coach Rowan came to us highly recommended from Coach Schoenrock, head coach at the University of Memphis, who I believe is one of the best pitching guys in baseball. Coach Rock had high praise for Brandon as an individual and as a coach. I believe Brandon has a very bright future and we are fortunate he is with us.”
While at the helm of the Comets, Rowan guided the team to its first berth in the Region XI Tournament after finishing third at the Transouth Conference Tournament. Statistically, the Comets led the conference in batting average and team defense while finishing in second place in runs scored.
In a total of three years at Crichton, Rowan provided leadership and instruction to over 75 student-athletes, guiding 10 players to Transouth All-Conference honors in addition to one All-Region XI honoree.
Prior to heading up the Comet baseball program, Rowan spent one season as an assistant. While an assistant pitching coach, he led the staff to a fourth place conference finish in team ERA. In addition to his on-field coaching duties, he also handled all traveling responsibilities, obtained scouting reports and assisted with the recruitment of student athletes.
Rowan played collegiate baseball at Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Memphis, where he served as captain of the team. While at NWCC, he was on the President’s List, the National Dean’s List of College Students and was selected as an academic All-America. He graduated Cum Laude from Memphis with a marketing management degree and was a member of Conference USA’s Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll, the Tiger 3.0 Academic Club, Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Rowan played high school baseball at Senatobia High where he was selected to the all-state team and was an honor graduate, Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes member.
The 27-year old Mississippi native currently resides in Pittsburgh and is single.