Coach Chase Rowe took over the La Roche College Baseball program in the fall of 2006 at the age of 23, making him one of the youngest head coaches in the NCAA. Under the leadership of Rowe, the program has been 135-105, a .563 winning percentage in the past 6 seasons. The Redhawks have won 2 Regular Season titles and 1 AMCC Conference Title under Rowe. The 2012 squad won the school’s first and programs first NCAA Regional victory in any sport.
The Redhawks had a combined team batting average of .331 with no team batting below .300. The 2008 team finished 3rd in the NCAA in team batting average with a .372 mark. In 2012, La Roche had its first player sign a professional contract, when George Nahay signed with the White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos League.
Rowe has had 29 players named to the AMCC All- Conference Team, 26 named to the AMCC All- Academic Team, 13 AMCC Player of the Week award winners, and 5 ECAC South Region Player of the Week winners.
Prior to his coaching career, Rowe played one season at Gulf Coast Community College under Coach Darren Mazeroski, son of Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski, whom both attributed greatly to his knowledge of the game of baseball. Following his year at GCCC, Rowe played 3 seasons at Slippery Rock University, under legendary head coach Jeff Messer. Rowe was a member of the 2003 Rock baseball team that won the North Atlantic Regional title and competed in the NCAA Division II World Series. That team still holds the school record for wins with 43. Rowe made the 2003 North Atlantic Region All Tournament Team and was a 2-time 1st team All- PSAC member. He also finished second in the PSAC batting title race his senior year with a .412 batting average. Rowe held at one time the school record for doubles in a season, with 21 through 44 games in 2005.
Rowe is the head coach/general manager of the Pittsburgh Spikes Baseball Club in the Western Pennsylvania Elite Baseball League. In five seasons the Diamond Dawgs have produced 39 collegiate baseball players and won 2 WPEBL Championships (2009 and 2010).
Coach Rowe was an Associate Scout with the Florida Marlins Baseball Club in 2010-2011.
Rowe also has experience as a camp instructor at Slippery Rock University, Mansfield University, and The University of Pittsburgh.
Rowe graduated from Knoch High School in 2001 and received his bachelor’s degree in Sport Coaching from The United States Sports Academy in 2008. He currently resides in the North Hills area with his wife Jocelyn and their son Nolan.