Potawatomie Fire head coach Derrick Rowland was born in Brookhaven, New York, and has been in the basketball industry for more than 40 years. As a retired American professional basketball player, he brings decades of knowledge and experience both on and off the court.
Rowland graduated from Potsdam State University where he won a national championship in 1981. After college, he was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1981 NBA draft. Rowland then played for the Continental Basketball Association’s Albany Patroons for seven years. After retiring, Rowland returned to New York as the head coach of the Patroons. Several championships later, he made his way to Oklahoma as the head coach of the Potawatomi Fire, the first professional basketball team in the history of Shawnee and the first professional basketball team owned by a tribe in Oklahoma.
Rowland looks forward to building a successful program in Pottawatomie County. He brings his passion for the game, his love of coaching a younger generation of players, and a drive to win. Rowland’s approach to coaching is holistic. He believes in not only the physicality of the game but also the importance of remaining humble and grateful for all opportunities life offers.