Andrew Timothy “Tim” Rowan, 68, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020, at UPMC Western Maryland after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Born on May 6, 1952, in Silver Spring, he was the son of the late Joseph Albert Rowan, Jr. and Colleen (Nolan) Rowan.
Tim was a proud graduate of the Valley High School Class of 1970. At Valley, Tim starred in basketball, and was considered one of the best basketball players out of Valley High School. He was also a standout in soccer and track.
Following graduation, he went to Allegany Community College (now Allegany College of Maryland). Tim was a member of Bob Kirk’s first team at ACC. In one game, Tim scored 45 points, which is still the 3rd most points scored in a game at ACC. Tim went on to play basketball and soccer at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel), graduating in 1974.
He obtained his Masters’ of Social Work from the University of MD in 1976 and completed numerous post-graduate programs via U MD School of Medicine.
Tim was Catholic by faith and began his professional career as a Social Work Therapist in 1974 at the Springfield State Hospital before transferring to the Allegany County Health Department. He taught as a Professor for 30 plus years at Allegany College and was the Director of the Human Services Program at Allegany College. He also maintained a small private practice out of his home.
For his athletic achievements, Tim was inducted into the Lonaconing Hall of Fame and remained active in sports throughout his adult life. While coaching at Bishop Walsh High School, he coached the JV soccer team to a 33-1 record from 1983-85. The boys’ varsity record was 460-172-26 (1985-2018) achieving 6 Area Championships, 2 State Championships, 22 City Championships, 20 MD/PA Bistate Championships, 16 MD-WV Championships. Coaching the girls’ varsity, he coached to a 43-13-3 record. (1999-2001) with 3 City Championships and 1 Area Championship. Tim is the only coach ever to win a Boys and Girls Area Championship in the same year, 2000. He was the area’s leading coach in wins and championships.
For his coaching achievements, Tim was inducted into the Western Maryland Catholic Hall of Fame. After retiring from coaching, Tim served as the Director of Soccer Operations at Bishop Walsh.
He loved the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and was a Lefty Grove aficionado.
He also coached his daughters’ St. Michael’s basketball and Frostburg Freeze softball teams.
Tim was the author of three books on Psychotherapy and Sports Psychology including “Winning the Mind Game”.
Surviving are Carla Rowan; his children, Emily Linaburg, Vanessa Walker and husband Aaron and Shera Chandler and husband Tommy; grandchildren, Lydia, Nolan, Charlotte, Rowan and Brooks; siblings, Mary Louise Muir and husband Bruce and Joe Rowan and wife Sue; niece Angela Bowser; nephews, Joe Rowan, Jared Rowan and Tyler Ruffo; special friends, Marvin “Bacon” Miller, John Shuman, Donnie Dunn and John Stanley; and cousins, Ray and Tim Miller, Ed Nolan, Patti Cuthbertson, Mike Nolan, Mary Bernadette Broadwater, Paul Nolan, Billy Nolan, Pat Nolan and Cheryl Duncan.
Services will be private.
Internment will be at Frostburg Memorial Park
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to Bishop Walsh School, 700 Bishop Walsh Road, Cumberland, MD 21502.