Prior to joining the Boilermakers, Rowe spent the 2016 season as a defensive graduate assistant at Washington State. The Cougars went 8-5 and played in the Holiday Bowl.
Before his lone season at WSU, Rowe spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Western Kentucky University under current Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm. The Hilltoppers went a combined 20-7 overall, including victories in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl, 2015 Conference USA championship game and 2015 Miami Beach Bowl, with Rowe on staff. WKU's scoring defense improved from 39.8 points per game (120th in the Football Bowl Subdivision) in 2014 to 25.9 (50th) in 2015, while finishing second in the nation with 31 turnovers created in his final year as a GA.
Previous to WKU, Rowe served one season as the assistant offensive line coach at Northern Michigan (2013), one season as a defensive and special teams graduate assistant at Wyoming (2012) and two seasons as a defensive assistant and video coordinator at Yale (2010-11).
A 2010 cum laude graduate from the University of New Hampshire, Rowe earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology: sports studies, with a minor in education. He began his coaching career as an undergraduate student assistant with the Wildcats.