Tom Rowe has been dedicated to the Panthers Organization since 2013-14. Within the organization, he has served as head coach of the Panthers AHL Affiliate, Associate GM, General Manager and Interim Head Coach.
Rowe previously served as head coach of the San Antonio Rampage for two seasons, becoming the ninth head coach in the 13-year history of the franchise on Nov. 8, 2013. During the annual Rodeo Road Trip in February, the Rampage pulled off their best trip in club history, going 7-2-0-1 under Rowe's leadership, setting a franchise record 12-game point streak as well as a franchise record six-game win streak on the road.
Before coming to the Rampage, Rowe, 59, coached Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League, leading the club to a 34-18-0 record and a place in the Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012-13 season. He began his coaching career in the American Hockey League, serving as assistant coach for three seasons (2001-04) with the Lowell Lock Monsters (now the Albany Devils) before being promoted to head coach.
During his two years at the helm, Rowe held a 76-64-20 record and brought the team to the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs in his first season. As the New Jersey Devils switched their affiliation, Rowe took the reins of the Albany River Rats (now the Charlotte Checkers), and owned an 80-66-14 record, seeing first round playoff action both years of his tenure (2006-08). He served as Paul Maurice's assistant coach for three seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes (2008-11), helping lead the team to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first season.
The Lynn, Mass. native was drafted in the third round (37th overall) of the 1976 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals after playing three seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. The right wing split time between the Capitals, Hartford Whalers, and Detroit Red Wings in his career, and was a part of the inaugural Whalers team during the 1979-80 season. In 357 career NHL games, he posted 85 goals and 100 assists, and became the first American-born player to net 30 goals in a season when he scored 31 for Washington during the 1978-79 season.
After retiring at the conclusion of the 1983-84 season, Rowe was a part-time color commentator for Hartford in 1989, becoming the full-time broadcaster in 1990 and staying in that position until the end of the season. He continued to work in Hartford management, being appointed assistant general manager in June of 1991 and remaining there until September 1993, when he made the switch to scouting. Rowe was a professional scout for the Whalers until June 1995. He skated in 112 AHL games between Adirondack, Binghamton, Hershey, Moncton, and Springfield, posting 66 goals and 43 assists in that time.