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Rogues name Ashland native Rowe next coach

The Medford Rogues have tabbed former Ashland and Oregon State standout Bill Rowe as coach of the collegiate wood-bat summer baseball team.

Rowe will take over following the team’s runner-up finish in the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League last season. He replaces Sean Gallagher, who coached for one year.

Rowe is the franchise’s fourth coach, and said in a release he’s “humbled” by the chance.

“I am excited about the opportunities my fellow coaches and I have to make a positive impact on players’ lives and have a helping hand in creating an enjoyable fan experience,” he said.

Rowe started his high school years playing for Ashland. He was a first-team all-state player following his senior year in 2002, and led the Grizzlies to back-to-back Southern Oregon Conference titles.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound lefty batted .443 with a .602 on-base average, despite being pitched around most of the season. Rowe capped his senior campaign with 23 RBIs in 70 at-bats. He walked 23 times and scored 26 runs, adding five home runs, nine doubles, one triple and five stolen bases.

He attended UC Santa Barbara, then transferred to Oregon State.

In his one season with the Beavers, he was part of the 2006 national championship team.

He batted .341 with six home runs, 22 doubles and 56 RBIs. He was selected to the All-College World Series team and batted .419 with four doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs over 13 postseason games.

The 18 RBIs are the most ever by an Oregon State player in a single postseason.

He played one season in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, batting .279 with two home runs and 23 RBIs in 2006 for Helena of the Pioneer League.

Most recently, he returned to finish his degree at Oregon State University and is an undergraduate assistant coach for the Beavers.

“For us to find a coach with professional playing experience, local ties and connections to so many college programs through his time at UC Santa Barbara and Oregon State, we feel that we have the right man to lead the Rogues not only for 2020 but well beyond.” Rogues general manager Dave May said in the release. “After meeting with coach Rowe and getting to know him through this process, I am very confident that Rogue Nation will continue to build on the success it has had.”

Parker Berberet, who also has ties to Oregon State and the Brewers, will serve as Rowe’s associate head coach.

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