Former Lakewood standout Louis Rowe named men's basketball coach at James Madison
Louis Rowe, a former standout at Lakewood, was hired as the men's basketball coach at James Madison.
Rowe, 43, played for the Dukes from 1993-95. He will formally be introduced as coach at his alma mater during a press conference on Tuesday.
"Louis has demonstrated an ability to develop talent, and his prowess as a recruiter in our key geographic areas and beyond," James Madison athletic director Jeff Bourne told jmusports.com. "He is passionate about JMU, and I'm confident that passion will spill over to our fan base as we restore the support for the program that existed when he played here.
"Louis perfectly fits the JMU culture, the academic focus of this institution and our emphasis on the student-athlete experience."
Rowe was among the top players in the county when he played for the Spartans from 1986-90. He spent two seasons at Florida before transferring to James Madison. After that, Rowe played professionally in France, Germany, Greece, Israel and Sweden.
Rowe returned to Pinellas County and was the coach at Dixie Hollins from 2006-07. He left to become a graduate assistant at James Madison and has worked as an assistant at Rider, Florida International and Bowling Green before getting his first head coaching job with Dukes.