Swimming World Presents “Q&A with California Baptist University’s Coach Rick Rowland”

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Q&A with California Baptist University’s Coach Rick Rowland

By Michael J. Stott

After success at the highest NAIA and NCAA D-II levels, California Baptist University coach Rick Rowland—a man committed to his faith and love of aquatic sports—is leading the Lancer charge into NCAA Division I.

Credentials
• Pepperdine University, B.S., physical education and kinesiology, 1981; Azusa Pacific, M.A., education, 1999
• Started the California Baptist University men’s and women’s swimming and water polo programs in 1999
• CBU head men’s and women’s swimming coach, 1999-present
• CBU head men’s water polo coach, 1999-2015; head women’s water polo coach, 2000-07
• Coach, Santa Margarita High School, 1993-98
• Coach, Villa Park High School, 1988-93
• Men’s assistant swimming and water polo coach, Pepperdine University, 1982-85
• Rowland’s CBU male swimmers have won 67 individual national titles and 14 relay crowns; the women, 44 and 6
• 85 CBU male and 80 female swimmers have won All-America honors, while eight of his water polo players have also earned that distinction
• CSCAA National Invitational Championship Coach of the Year, 2019

As head coach of California Baptist University, Rick Rowland’s men’s teams have won four NAIA national championships (2006-09), while his women have captured five team titles (2005-08, 2011). He was named NAIA Coach of the Year for men in 2001 and 2008, and for women in 2001, 2006 and 2011. In 2018, the Lancers were NCAA Division II runners-up.

Q. SWIMMING WORLD: To what extent was your father a coaching mentor?
A. COACH RICK ROWLAND: My father, Rick Rowland Sr., was a strong influence. He was my age group swim coach as a 10-and-under while swimming in Santa Barbara and my swim and water polo coach at Pepperdine University from 1977-81. Following graduation, I was his assistant. During my college summers, I cut my coaching teeth with him and guest coaches such as Mark Schubert and Monte Nitzkowski at the Rick Rowland Swim and Water Polo Camp. Working with my father helped open doors for me at California Baptist University.

To read our full interview with Coach Rick Rowland,
check out the full July 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now

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