"We are very excited to have Will on board," head coach Glen Lanham said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge from both wrestling and coaching in the Big 12 conference. But most of all Will fit the mold of what our administration, student-athletes and I look for in a college coach."
Rowe most recently was a part of the North Carolina Regional Training Center where he was coaching training in hopes of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics at 66kg. He comes to Duke with an excellent resume that includes qualifying for the NCAA Championships in three consecutive seasons.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Glen Lanham and those involved with Duke Athletics," Rowe said. "Lanham truly is an extraordinary leader and mentor and I am looking forward to working with the motivated young student-athletes under his care. This is an exciting time to be part of the Duke wrestling family. The athletic department has taken large strides to improve the product we put on the mat and I am confident that we can become a contender in the ACC as well as on the national scene."
A native of Arlington, Texas, Rowe competed at both 149 and 157 pounds during his time at Oklahoma. He completed his career as a Sooner with a 63-23 overall record and twice placed third at the Big 12 Championships. Rowe earned a host of noteworthy wins during his time as a sooner. He captured victories over two-time national champions Jeff Jaggers and Teyon Ware, the 2011 NCAA Champion and Junior World Champion Bubba Jenkins as well as 2009 NCAA champion and NC State standout Darrion Caldwell during his career.
After redshirting in 2004-05, he came out and posted an 18-7 overall record and finished among the top three in three tournaments, including the Big 12 Championships. In 2006-07, the Texas state champion went 19-7 overall and took home the Oklahoma Open title.
Rowe, in his final season, served as a team captain and compiled a career-best record of 26-9 to rank second on the team in total wins. He opened the year on a nine-match win streak and put together a 14-4 dual meet mark. He upset the 14th-ranked wrestler en route to taking third at the Big 12 Championships and came up one win shy of earning All-America honors.
Following graduation, Rowe became a graduate assistant for the Sooners, helping in on-campus recruiting, training the middle weights and day-to-day operation. During his time as a graduate assistant, Rowe helped Oklahoma to two top-15 finishes, including going from 34th to fifth at the NCAA Championships in a single season. He mentored one NCAA finalist, seven NCAA All-Americans and seven Scholar All-Americans. In addition to his coaching duties, Rowe continued competing on the mat. He placed among the top eight in the prestigious Asics U.S. Open Championships in 2010 at 66 kilograms.