Ronnie Mark Rowell was born in Dallas, on April,21,1954 the oldest of three sons born to Margie and Raymond Rowell.
Ronnie attended all twelve years of his public schooling in Wylie ISD, graduating in 1972.
Ronnie started playing sports at an early age on the play grounds of Wylie.
In High School, Ronnie lettered four years in football under Coach Burnett and Coach Birdsong. He lettered two years under Coach Dodd in basketball and two years in baseball under Coach Chapman.
He also ran track for four years.
Ronnie was named to the All District team three years in football and two years in baseball.
In 1971, Ronnie led his Class A Pirates to a district championship under Coach Birdsong, in route to a 10-0 season and a Bi- District win over Van Alstyne. They were eliminated in Regional by Crowley.
The 0-0 game between Wylie and Farmersville played at Pirates Field where the Farmers were also unbeaten and unscored on. The Pirates advanced on penetrations 5-2, and this game is thought by many as one of the all time greatest games ever played in Wylie.
This great Pirate team of 1971 were also unscored on in 8 of their 10 wins.
Ronnie was named to the Class A All State team in 1971 on both offense and defense.
He was also selected East Texas Player of the year.
Ronnie played for the North squad in the Texas High School All Star game in the Astrodome in 1972.
Ronnie continued to play baseball for area select teams, and excelled on the baseball diamond as he had on the gridiron.
Ronnie fielded numerous offers to play football or baseball at the college level, and selected football and a full scholarship to play for the University of Texas at Arlington under Coach Symank.
He became a starter at conerback for the Mavericks as a redshirt freshman and played in the secondary for three years.
After college, Ronnie married Barbara Welk also an athlete for Wylie who played basketball and was a cheerleader for the Pirates.
Barbara and Ronnie have two children, Wade and Whitney.Wade was on the track team and Whitney played basketball and ran track for the Pirates,
Barbara Rowell has taught in the Wylie ISD for over 20 years, and Whitney is a first year teacher at Wally Watkins Elementary.
Ronnie has been employed at NTMWD for over 25 years and was inducted into the Wylie Sports Hall of Honor in 1999.