Coach Rowntree was born and raised in eastern North Carolina spending his first years in Kinston and moving to Richlands during high school, where he would later play football and golf. While at Richlands High School, he met his now wife who is expecting their first child. Upon graduation from RHS, Coach Rowntree attended and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.
In the fall of 2013, he began his teaching and coaching career at Richlands High School. In his first year he coached JV offensive line helping the team to .500 record and developing an explosive offense. In his second season he was promoted to Varsity offensive line and JV Head Coach. For the 2015 season he was promoted once again to varsity offensive coordinator and remained the JV Head coach. Coach Rowntree also serves as head wrestling coach and assistant track coach. For the 2016 football season, he is expected to coach Varsity Running Backs and serve as JV Head Coach for the third consecutive year.