Randy Rowley enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Lady Eagles' tennis program. Rowley has brought a new attitude and high expectations to the Lady Eagle program. Since his arrival, he has turned a 3-21 program into a team that has become the winningest program in school history. Under Rowley, the program has achieved Southern Miss' first national team ranking, recorded the most wins in a single season and finished third in the Conference USA tennis championships. His Lady Eagles have excelled in the classroom, twice winning the Forrest General Hospital GPA Award,winner of the Conference USA GPA Awardin 2002 and NCAA-All Academic team.
In 2003, Rowleystarted the "Lady Eagle Tennis Classic" that is held each springon the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rowley has been selected five times as an NCAA Representative for the NCAA Tennis Championships.
While also coaching the Golden Eagles, Rowleyhas split his time traveling and coaching on the WTA tour, spendingtwo months helping conducta preseason training campand coaching atthe 2007 Australian Open Grand Slam, the 2007 Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts,the 2007Pacific Life Openand the 2007United States Open Grand Slam.
Rowley comes to Southern Miss after spending three seasons as the assistant men's tennis coach at Texas Tech University. During that time, he was twice the NCAA Representative for the NCAA Tennis Championships. The Red Raiders were nationally ranked all three seasons during Rowley's tenure.
Prior to his three-year stint at Texas Tech, Rowley was the head men's tennis coach at University of Louisiana-Monroe from 1995-2000. He changed titles in 1999, serving as director of tennis, coaching both men's and women's programs during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He compiled a 52-36 record at ULM and a 14-2 Southland Conference record. He led the Indians to two Southland Conference titles, three years in the national rankings and a berth in the NCAA Tournament once, marking the first time in 25 years ULM reached the national tournament. Rowley hasaslso servedas an NCAA representative at the NCAA national tournament.
He spent three years as head women's coach and assistant men's coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette from 1993-95. The women's program reached a national ranking of No. 36 during his tenure at ULL. He also served as an assistant coach for the men's and women's tennis program at the University of Kansas during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. The Jayhawks reached as high as No. 21 in the national rankings, winning theBig Eight Conference Championship and earning an NCAA appearance.
After serving as a student assistant coach with the women's tennis program at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., from 1979-84, he was director of tennis at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., from 1984-86. During his tenure at Southwestern, he helped lead the program to four KCAC team championships and three NAIA District 10 runner-up finishes.
During his coaching career, Rowley spent nine years as head coach of Tennis: Europe, five years as head coach for the national team of Tennis: Europe. He spent 14years coaching ranked juniors on the ITFjunior circuits in America and Europe. He has coached players on the ATP, WTA and ITF circuits. He served as the president of the junior program on the board of officers for the Dallas Tennis Association in 1992 and spent five years as the DTA representative at the USTA Area Training Center. Coach Rowley has his ownNIKE / Southern Miss tennis camps as well as coaches atthe NIKE / Lawrenceville, New Jersey, College Exposure Tennis Academy. He also directs a fundraising camp at his alma mater, Southwestern College, in Winfield, Kansas.
Rowley graduated with his bachelor's degree in physical education from Southwestern College in 1984.