Lowe Steps Down as Head Coach
March 15, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - Sidney Lowe and Athletic Director Deborah A. Yow announced today the plan for him to leave as head men's basketball coach after five years at NC State.
"I have been truly blessed by the opportunity to coach at my alma mater," Lowe said. "I am thankful for this experience. I am excited to follow the path the Lord takes me on as I maintain my relationship with the Wolfpack family for years to come."
"Coach Lowe is an important part of the Wolfpack family," Yow said. "All of his efforts during the past five years are much appreciated. I personally have enjoyed our interaction during the year. We look forward to opportunities where Sidney can share his expertise on agent issues and other student welfare topics without interfering with his future career opportunities.
"He will always be part of the Wolfpack family."
Lowe has played a significant role in State's storied basketball history. A 1979 McDonald's All-American out of DeMatha Catholic High School Hyattsville, Md., Lowe came to NC State with teammate and fellow McDonald's All-American Dereck Whittenburg. Together, they played for the late Coach Jim Valvano and led the Wolfpack to its second NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship in 1983. Lowe logged all 40 minutes in the championship game to go along with eight points, eight assists and no turnovers.
After Lowe's sophomore campaign at State, he starred on the 1981USA Basketball team that won a gold medal at the World University Games in Bucharest, Romania. Following his time as a player at State, Lowe earned the Chicago Bulls' first overall pick of the second round in the 1983 NBA Draft. For the next 23 years, Sidney Lowe played and coached basketball at the professional level.
In his five seasons leading the Wolfpack as head coach, Lowe amassed an overall record of 86-78 (.524) and 25-55 (.313) in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately and associate head coach Monte Towe will continue in his current role and lead the program in the interim.