Panthers reflect on connections to Team USA gymnasts
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Mike Rowe is now in his ninth year as an assistant coach for the Pitt gymnastics team. Rowe is in charge of the uneven bars squad and is the Panthers' Recruiting Coordinator.
His contributions to the program were recognized last season when he and assistant Terry Karwoski were named as Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year. It was the second time Rowe has shared the award, having been so honored in 2007. He has had two EAGL bar champions in Alix Croop (2009) and Andrea Arlotta (2007). In addition he was instrumental in now-graduated Panther Alyssa Adrian reaching the top of the podium as the 2013 EAGL All-Around Champion. He also coached Alyssa to an individual qualifier spot on bars at NCAA Regionals her sophomore year.
Along with spearheading the recruiting efforts, Mike is responsible for team travel and works with media relations. He is the creator of the Pitt Gymnastics Facebook page and manages all of our social media.
Originally from Michigan, Rowe has over 20 years of experience in gymnastics instruction and competitive coaching. While in Michigan, Rowe worked at Geddert's Twistars-USA as a head compulsory coach, optional team coach and choreographer. Rowe was an integral part of the women's coaching staff, qualifying all but one gymnast to the 2005 Junior Olympic National Championships and continually producing national champions. He was additionally a member of the 2002 Region Five USAG Coaching Staff of the Year.
"Mike is a true professional who has been successful at all levels," said head coach Debbie Yohman. "He has done a great job on the recruiting trail. He has been successful in getting us in to new areas and clubs where we had not had a recruiting tradition, as well as reestablishing some recruiting contacts we hadn't used in a while. He's very energetic in the gym, enthusiastic and competitive. Because of his passion for the sport he's also been involved with our Coaches' Association on a couple very impactful committees."
In addition to coaching at Geddert's, Rowe was a clinician for the Region 5 Mini-Congress, Michigan State Congress and various state and region camps. He chaired a National Gymnastics Day initiative to raise money for Children's Miracle Network at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. Mike is currently on the NACGC/W College Gymnastics Growth Initiative and JAS committees.
Rowe is a 1985 graduate of Michigan State University where he was a collegiate cheerleader. Prior to that Rowe was a gymnast at Western Michigan and in high school. He also danced professionally from 1983-1996, mostly in regional and national tours of musical theatre. Rowe completed his Master's degree in Coaching and Athletics Administration through Concordia University in May of 2012. He resides in Squirrel Hill with his partner Arturo and their two yorkies, Jake and Isabella.