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Ron Rowan

Basketball ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Rowanís basketball success began with the Beaver Falls Fighting Tigers. As a junior, he played on the 1980 WPIAL Championship team and averaged 19.1 points per game, but was even better his senior year (27 points per game). He was twice named first team All Section and in the 1980-1981 season was Section MVP, AP and UPI All State, and Converse and Basketball Weekly All American. Ron started college at Notre Dame but transferred to St Johnís University in 1983, and played on teams that won the Big East regular season titles in 1985 and 1986, making the Final Four in 1985. In college, Ron was named second team All Big East and Big East Scholar of the Year. Ronís professional career literally took him around the world. He had short stints with Topeka and Cedar Rapids in the CBA, earning Rookie of the Year honors in Topeka and was a two time League All Star. He spent one season with the Portland Trailblazers in the NBA, but the bulk of his professional career was in Europe: he played twelve seasons in the Italian Professional League and one season for POAK in Greece. He was a four time Italian League All Star and named European Community Player of the Year for the 1999-2000 season. After his playing days, Ron served as an assistant coach for the Beaver County Community College when they won the National Junior College Championship, then he was head basketball coach at Ambridge High School, leading the Bridgers to a WPIAL playoff appearance.