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January 30, 2009

2008-09 Season - Ryan Rowe named assistant coach for women's tennis team

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Ryan Rowe has been named the assistant coach for the Augustana tennis program beginning with the 2009 spring season.  Rowe, an NCAA Division I All-America selection at the University of Illinois, will work alongside head coach Adam Strand with both the men’s and women’s teams.

“Ryan Rowe is going to be a terrific asset to the Augustana tennis program,” said Strand, who is in his fourth year with the men’s team and third year with the women.  He has an outstanding tennis pedigree and will bring a lot to the table in terms of his knowledge and ability to jump in and hit with our players.  Ryan has already begun to make an imprint with our men’s team in the first few weeks of practice.  He is sharing new ideas and also hitting a higher caliber of ball than what we have used to seeing in practice, which will prepare us for the stronger teams on our schedule this season.”

Rowe played tennis at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois for three and a half seasons.  He was a two-time All-America honoree in doubles and also earned All-America honors in singles.  Rowe teamed with Kevin Anderson to win the NCAA Division I doubles title as a sophomore in 2006 and finished second with Anderson in 2007.  Rowe and Anderson became the first doubles tandem to make back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division I final with the same partner in 40 years.  Rowe finished his collegiate career with a singles record of 78-22 and a doubles mark of 84-24.

As a member of the Fighting Illini, was ranked No. 9 nationally in singles in the fall of 2007 as a senior.  He earned runner-up honors at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championship, defeating four ranked players before falling to No. 1 Somdev Devvarman of the University of Virginia in the final.

In his junior year, Rowe finished the year ranked No. 19 in the national singles rankings.  He clinched wins for the Fighting Illini in the NCAA Tournament against Michigan in the second round and over No. 3 Baylor in the semi-final round of action.  He was also a unanimous All-Big Ten selection and was named the Big Ten “Athlete of the Week” for the week ending on February 11, 2007.

As a sophomore, he compiled a 23-1 mark in doubles with Anderson, including a 12-0 record against ranked opponents.  The duo knocked off then-No. 1 Scott Green and Ross Wilson of Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament final and also defeated the 2005 NCAA Division I champion doubles team of John Isner and Antonio Ruiz from Georgia.

“I am excited to work with both teams,” said Rowe.  “This is a good opportunity for me to get experience coaching men and women.  The players in the program are motivated to improve and have had positive attitudes in practice.  I am learning and growing during these first few weeks and already starting to become a better coach.”