Breaking News: Rowland boys basketball coach Gordon Hamlow going to San Dimas

“I completely support and understand Gordon’s decision to leave Rowland High School after thirteen years. He wrestled with this decision for the past few weeks and feels the timing was right for him and his family to make this move. We will fill his head coaching position, but we will not be able to fill all Gordon has meant to us. He completely immersed himself in everything Rowland had to offer and we are all better because of our relationships with Gordon. I am really happy for him. San Dimas is getting an absolute gem. I wish him the very best. They don’t get any better than Gordon Hamlow.”Rowland athletic director Ralph Harris.

hamlowBy Fred J. Robledo
San Dimas High School wrestled away one of the areas most respected and successful boys basketball coaches on Tuesday.
Gordon Hamlow, who won five league championships and was second five times in 13 years at Rowland since becoming head coach in 2001, is leaving to become the boys basketball coach and teacher at San Dimas.
Hamlow lives in San Dimas and replaces Bruce Robbins, who was not asked back after finishing 12-14 and third in the Valle Vista League.
Hamlow said the opportunity was too intriguing to pass up. His daughter Brianna Hamlow is graduating from San Dimas and he has a sixth-grade son who will be there in a few years.
“I have friends that asked if I would be interested which got me thinking about it,” Hamlow said. “I just thought the timing was right. I love Rowland and my time here has been great, but going to San Dimas gives me the opportunity to do a lot more with the family and to be at more youth games.”
Hamlow coached five years at Baldwin Park before going to Rowland and played high school basketball at Glendora for legendary coach Mike LeDuc.
Hamlow also has been the event coordinator for the Star-News/Tribune all-star boys and girls senior games for the past decade.
Still, he said leaving Rowland wasn’t an easy decision. And it makes it tougher because Rowland is leaving the Hacienda League for the Valle Vista next year to compete against San Dimas.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and gut-wrenching at the same time,” Hamlow said. “It’s tough because we’ll see those guys (Rowland players) in league and that will be emotional for me.
“It’s really hard and and sad to say goodbye because I’ve had great kids who have played for me over the last 13 years and Rowland has been home. But at the same time I’m excited about the new opportunity.”
Rowland athletic director Ralph Harris said he will be missed.
“I completely support and understand Gordon’s decision to leave Rowland High School after thirteen years,” Harris said. “He wrestled with this decision for the past few weeks and feels the timing was right for him and his family to make this move.
We will fill his head coaching position, but we will not be able to fill all Gordon has meant to us. He completely immersed himself in everything Rowland had to offer and we are all better because of our relationships with Gordon. I am really happy for him. San Dimas is getting an absolute gem. I wish him the very best. They don’t get any better than Gordon Hamlow.”

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    Hamlow will definitely be missed at Rowland, he was great for the program