Rowland stepping down as coach of UVa-Wise men’s tennis team

Kevin Mays • Jul 29, 2018 at 8:42 PM

WISE — Danny Rowland is cutting his workload in half.

At least that’s the plan for the veteran tennis coach at Virginia-Wise.

“Just lightening my stress level,” Rowland said of his decision to resign from his men’s tennis coaching position at the school after 26 seasons with the program.

Rowland, who has also coached the women’s program for the past 24 years, will remain at the helm of the women’s tennis team.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here as head coach, and I will continue to help with the program as we transition to a new head coach this school year,” Rowland stated in a news release from the school. “Since the women's season is moving to the spring this year, I feel it is time to just coach the women's team and not try to do both teams at the same time. Trying to balance a full-time job and with recent health concerns, I felt it best to lighten the load a bit in my life.”

In addition to his coaching duties, Rowland is co-owner of a longtime sporting goods business in Wise.

Rowland has 304 career wins as coach of both the men’s and women’s programs at Virginia-Wise.

During his tenure over both programs, Rowland’s squads have made six NAIA Regional appearances, and he was named as Appalachian Athletic Conference coach of the year on four occasions.

Rowland is a 1984 graduate of Virginia-Wise.

“This school has been and will continue to be a major part of my life, and as an alumnus, I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this program, of which I participated in as a student athlete during my years here,” said Rowland.

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