Wake Assistant Takes Hamline Head Coaching Job
Feb. 6, 2009
Courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After helping Wake Forest to two of its most successful seasons in program history, assistant coach Jon Lowery has accepted a head coaching position with Hamline University, a Division III school in St. Paul, Minn.
“I feel very fortunate to have been apart of the Wake Forest Soccer Family,” Lowery said. “From the top down, it’s a first class program and I wish everyone involved continued success on and off the field.”
“It’s a tremendous loss for us to lose Jon, but at the same time we’re very excited for him and his new future as a head coach,” Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich said. “We’re going to miss his assistance with the goalkeepers in particular and the entire team. Jon was a critical part in our national championship in 2007 and our College Cup appearance in 2008.”
Wake Forest emerged as the dominant program in men’s soccer over the last two years, with much of that due to Lowery’s work with the goalkeepers. Over his two seasons at Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons only allowed 31 goals in a total of 50 games and posted 29 shutouts over the last two seasons. The Deacs won a national championship in 2007, advanced to two College Cups, won the ACC regular season title in 2008 and compiled a 43-4-3 during Lowery’s two years at Wake.
In 2008, Wake Forest allowed only 17 goals during the season and posted a goal differential of 64 goals. Lowery developed junior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald into one of the top goalkeepers in the country. Fitzgerald finished the 2008 season with a 0.63 goals against average, which ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 15th in the country. Fitzgerald finished the year with 13 shutouts, which tied the school record set by Brian Edwards in the 2007 season.
Edwards also excelled under Lowery’s tutelage during the 2007 season. Edwards posted a 0.50 goals against average in 2007, which ranks as the best single-season goals against average in school history. Edwards was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the 2007 College Cup, allowing only one goal in two games as Wake Forest claimed its first national title in program history.
Before arriving in Winston-Salem, Lowery spent time as an assistant coach at Ohio State in 2005-2006 and at UMass in 2003-2004.
Lowery spent the majority of his pro career with the Minnesota Thunder of the United Soccer League, playing three seasons in 1999, 2000 and 2002. He also played for the Carolina Dynamo and the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the MLS.
Lowery was a first team All-Big Ten goalkeeper and an Academic All-Big Ten selection at Ohio State in 1997. He repeated his All-Big Ten honor as a senior in 1998, becoming the first two-time, first-team All-Big Ten pick in the history of the program. As a Buckeye, Lowery was a two-time captain and two-time team MVP.
Lowery graduated from Ohio State with a degree in communications in 1998 and received a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2005.