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Jeff Rowland
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.
Alma Mater: New Mexico ('06)
Experience: 4 Years

Jeff Rowland has been an assistant coach at Washington for four seasons. He joined Jamie Clark's staff on March 1, 2011. He was previously an assistant coach at Creighton University in 2010.

This past season, Rowland helped the Dawgs to a 12-5-3 record and a No. 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies would go on to advance to the Sweet 16, after eliminating Furman in nine rounds of penalty kicks. The season also featured a 9-1-0 start where Washington was rewarded with the No. 1 ranking in the NSCAA Poll for the first time since 1997. Rowland helped coach a pair of All-Pac-12 players in 2014 in Darwin Jones and Cristian Roldan and a pair of NSCAA Third Team All-Americans in Roldan and Andy Thoma.

The 2013 season was perhaps the best in Washington history and Rowland helped lead a team that finished 16-2-4, won the Pac-12 title and earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies would then advance to the first Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in program history. Washington defeated Seattle U. and Stanford, before falling to New Mexico one step short of the College Cup. That team included NSCAA First Team All-American Taylor Peay as well as Jones and Roldan who earned All-Pac-12 honors, while Roldan was also named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

In 2012, Rowland helped Washington return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Dawgs finished the season 13-5-3 and 7-1-2 in the Pac-12, just two points behind UCLA for the conference title. Washington advanced to the NCAA Tournament and defeated Air Force in the first round. The Dawgs were eventually eliminated at Creighton in round two.

In his first season in 2011, he helped the Huskies to a second-place finish in the Pac-12 at 12-4-2 as UW nearly missed out on the NCAA Tournament.

With the Blue Jays, Rowland helped lead the team to a 13-5-2 record and a Missouri Valley Conference title. Creighton finished the season ranked in the top 20 and reached the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Jamie Clark, Rowland and the rest of the Creighton staff were named the 2010 Missouri Valley Coaching Staff of the year.

Before Creighton he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Harvard under Clark. Rowland's connection with Clark began as a player at New Mexico, as his playing career coincided with Clark's four-year coaching stint in Albuquerque. Rowland played a major role in helping keep Harvard's attack ranked among the best in the NCAA that season. Harvard ranked 34th in the nation with 1.68 goals per game, led by All-American Andre Akpan. Akpan, who finished his career as Harvard's all-time leading scorer, ranked 13th in the NCAA in goals per game and 15th in points per game for the Crimson. Harvard went 14-4-1 overall and captured the Ivy League title in 2009, before advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in his only season on the sidelines in Boston.

Rowland is one of the most decorated men's soccer student-athletes in New Mexico history. As a senior in 2005, Rowland, who began his career as a walk-on, finished as the runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy. A forward, he was a two-time NSCAA First-Team All-American and two-time CoSIDA Academic First-Team All-American for the Lobos. His goal in the 94th minute of the NCAA Quarterfinals sent the Lobos to the College Cup in his senior season, where they would finish as the national runners-up.

During his junior season he was tabbed the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Player of the Year after setting a school record with 45 points, including a school-record tying 19 goals. He owns the school record with 101 shots in a season, ranks second in school history in career shots (239), career goals (45) and third in career points (104). The Lobos posted a record of 61-16-8 (.765), won three conference titles and appeared in three NCAA Tournaments during his career.

Following his collegiate career he was drafted by Real Salt Lake as the second pick of the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft, playing two seasons for the club. He also played professionally for FC Dallas (MLS) and the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL) before knee injuries cut short his playing career. An Albuquerque native, Rowland graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in marketing from New Mexico in 2006.

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