Vic Rowen Scholarship Fund

Gator Gridiron Club Raises $104,000 as part of a $150,000 Campaign for Student-Athlete Scholarships

Vic Rowen (1919-2013) was the esteemed head coach of San Francisco State University’s football team from 1961-1989. His early tenure established SF State as a West Coast football powerhouse. Under his leadership, SF State won five Far Western Conference titles. It attracted top football talent to the University, including future NFL standouts Floyd Peters, Bill Baird, Charlie Fuller, and Elmer Collett. The San Francisco State football team held its last playing season in 1994.

Later in his career, Rowen became known for developing outstanding coaching talent. Two of his assistant coaches later led teams as head coaches in Super Bowls: Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles and Mike Holmgren with the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Another, Bob Toledo, became head coach at UCLA and Tulane University.

Vic Rowen posing
Vic Rowen at San Francisco State University

Rowen was a staunch advocate for all sports and student-athletes at SF State. He was first and foremost an educator who taught, coached, and worked on behalf of students and sports. In his honor, the Gator Gridiron Club created the Vic Rowen Scholarship in 2001. To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the fund's inception, the Club spearheaded a fundraising campaign in 2021 to permanently endow the fund with $150,000 to support student-athletes majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Physical Education or a minor in Coaching. As of October 2022, the group has raised $104,000 towards the scholarship fund.

Student scholarships are vital to attracting and retaining talented student-athletes to Gator Athletics. For many, a scholarship can be the deciding factor in a student's ability to attend college.

Please join in on the worthy tribute to one of SF State’s most loved coaches and mentors.

Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins, Athletic Director & Don McPhail, SF State ’66 

Bill Baird, Gil Haskell, Mike Holmgren, Tom Melvin, John Ramsdell, Andy Reid 

Dr. Allen Abraham, Don Briemle, Stan Bunger, Elmer Collett, Dennis Dow, Norm Eliason, Dan Ferrigno, Joe Garrity, Dr. James Glick, Bob Griffin, Denise Hall, Mark Hollis, Doug Hupke, Joe Koontz, Hon. Quentin Kopp, Ed Larios, Mike Meyer, Manuel Perry, Reggie Redmond, Keith Rowen, Jim Schmitz, Pat Sullivan, Bob Toledo, Lamonte Winston 

For more information about donating to the Vic Rowen Scholarship, contact:

David Fierberg, MNA, CFRE ( He/Him/His )
Executive Director of Development
Gator Athletics
(415) 405-3966