July 8, 2009
Northridge, Calif. - Bob Lowe (pronounced Lau), a highly respected basketball coach on the collegiate level, is the newest addition to the Cal State Northridge coaching staff.
Lowe has been named as an assistant coach, according to Matador head coach Bobby Braswell.
"We're very excited Coach Lowe has joined the Matador coaching family," said Braswell. "He brings a tremendous amount of experience during his many years of college coaching. Bob is a veteran of the Big West family of coaches, and has an extensive and successful coaching record including his tenure at New Mexico State. He will be a tremendous asset to our basketball program."
Lowe arrives at Cal State Northridge after serving eight seasons at Big West rival Cal Poly. Lowe's coaching responsibilities included roles as defensive coordinator, the conditioning and off-season workout schedule coordinator, and handling all team travel arrangements.
Previous to his coaching tenure at Cal Poly, Lowe served as an assistant coach at Portland (2000-01), Southern Utah (1992-00) and at New Mexico State (1989-92). During his tenure at New Mexico State, the Aggies appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments, and advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" in 1992.
During his last three years at New Mexico State, the team chalked up a 74-18 record. That included a victory over a UNLV (1/8/90) team that had won the NCAA championship the year before.
Lowe aided in the development of former New Mexico State stars Randy Brown and Reggie Jordan, who both played in the NBA.
During the 2006-07 season, Cal Poly chalked up a school record 19 wins, and advanced to the Big West Conference Tournament championship game twice (2003, 2007).
At Southern Utah, the Thunderbirds were ranked #1 among Division I independent teams (1994). Southern Utah captured two American West Conference Tournaments (1995, 1996). In 1995, Southern Utah led the nation in three-point field goal percentage.
A 1985 graduate of George Fox University near Portland, Lowe began his tenure in the coaching profession as an undergraduate assistant (1983-85) before joining the coaching staff as an assistant coach at the College of the Desert (1985-89) upon graduation.
Lowe also earned his master's degree in Education Administration from Cal State San Bernardino in 1994.
"I have a lot of respect for coach Braswell and the coaching staff for what they have accomplished at Cal State Northridge," said Lowe.
Lowe replaces James Blake, who recently was hired as the new men's head basketball coach at Columbia College in northern California.