Jeff Rowland: Pope High School

Jeff Rowland

Jeff Rowland took over the Pope High School baseball program in 1995 and built the Greyhounds into a state power. Rowland was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame in 2016.

After the 2017 season, Rowland sports a 446-219 career coaching mark. He has guided Pope to state baseball titles in 2009, 2013 and 2017. His 2016 squad finished as the state runner-up in the state's highest classification. His three state titles are the most by any high school coach in the tradition-rich Cobb County.

“It takes a village,” Rowland told the Marietta Daily Journal. “My assistant coaches have been awesome. I pretty much just ride their coattails. They do all the work. It seems like I’m the one that reaps the benefit, but those guys should be here as well.”

Rowland, known for his humbleness, graduated from West Georgia and was an assistant coach at Shamrock and Mt. Zion-Carrollton before coming to Pope in 1995. He has also been an assistant football coach and served as head wrestling coach at Shamrock and Mt. Zion.

The Georgia Dugout Club selected Rowland as the Assistant Coach of the Year in 1993. He was also chosen on four different occasions to coach the Georgia Dugout Club Senior All-Star teams.

In 2002, he was selected as an assistant coach for the Senior Team Georgia that won the gold medal in the prestigious Sunbelt Classic held in Oklahoma.

In 2009 and 2013, Rowland was chosen as the Atlanta Braves 400 Club Coach of the Year as well as Coach of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association and Georgia Dugout Club.

“He understands that his assistant coaches have certain abilities, and he doesn’t tell us how to do our jobs,” assistant coach and former player Chris Turco told the Marietta Daily Journal. “It’s a great way to manage and has helped me a lot in my own coaching career. Quite frankly, he’s the least egotistical guy I’ve ever met. Everybody knows he’s the guy in charge, but the fact that he takes everyone’s input on decisions, there’s a lot of coaches who don’t do that.”

Some information in this article was used from the Marietta Daily Journal and