“It is hard to say yet,” said Hubbard. “I think Michael is versatile and that will give him a more of a chance to play.
“As a striker, he needs to get better at finishing. I would describe him as more of a spinal player (center forward, center mid, center back),” he continued. “It might be that he starts out as a striker and then ends up being somewhere else on the field for the rest of his career.”
Rowley’s time on the field may be limited his freshmen season, as the Penmen are only losing four players from the national championship team.
“Michael’s sophomore year, we will be losing six or seven players and that will really be when his freshmen class will have to contribute right away,” said Hubbard.
“He really understands our program and how competitive it is,” Hubbard continued. “He doesn’t overrate himself.”
Hubbard said that this humble quality is something that he has seen in his past and present players that end up being the most successful in his program.
Added Miosek, “I think it will be a challenge, but I think he is up to the challenge. He always makes those around him better. I think he will contribute to the program in a positive way.”
“It will be interesting to see how he stacks up,” said Hubbard. “See how he does over the summer and coming into preseason. He is very coachable and has a great attitude.”
With preseason a little over two months away, Rowley has a lot to look forward to, on and off the field.
“I love meeting new people,” said Rowley. “I don’t know how many teams I’ve played on in the past years, but it has been a lot.”
“There are a number of players (on the SNHU team) that are from other countries, so I think it will be really neat to play with them and learn about their different cultures and their languages,” he continued.
Rowley said he is planning on studying political science in the fall.