Coaches Corner: Justin Rowe

With all fall sports in full swing now, let's get to know the new Owen Valley girls' soccer head coach...

Name: Justin Rowe

High School, Year of Graduation: William Henry Harrison (West Lafayette), class of 2018

Where did you attend college/graduate from and when (if applicable)? Indiana University Bloomington, (Graduated August 2022)

Current occupation: Mathematics Teacher at OVHS

Sport(s) participation in, in high school/college: I played high school soccer and participated in the Little 500 in college.

Favorite sports team(s), both collegiate and professional: My favorite sports team is Everton Football Club in Liverpool, England.

Tell us about your family: I have a younger brother and sister. My brother is entering his freshman year of college at Arizona State and my sister is a sophomore at HHS (she is also a soccer player). My mom is an English teacher and my dad is a pharmacist.

Do you coach other sports: No, only soccer!

If you could coach any other sport that you don't currently, what would it be and why: I would love to coach a Little 500 team! I loved participating in the race in college and would enjoy helping college kids prepare to race in one of the best college traditions!

Hobbies/Interests: Outside of school and soccer, I enjoy road cycling, and spending time outside!

Favorite sports quote: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” - Pele

Best advice for student-athletes: You can be the most talented athlete on the field, but if you don’t continue to work hard and improve on and, more importantly, off the field (in school), eventually others will catch up to you. Always play for the name on the front of the shirt, not the name on the back. Finally, enjoy the moments, and always be willing to help others. Athletes aren’t defined by their statistics, they’re defined by the type of person they are on and off the field.

One thing people would be surprised to know about you: I won a national championship with my club soccer team in 2016, and a state championship in 2017 with my high school soccer team.

This article originally appeared on Evening World: Coaches Corner: Justin Rowe