September 27, 1953 |
|Listed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|High school||Oak Hill (Converse, Indiana)|
|College||NC State (1972–1975)|
|NBA draft||1975 / Round: 4 / Pick: 57th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Pro playing career||1975–1977|
|1975–1976||Denver Nuggets (ABA)|
|1976–1977||Denver Nuggets (NBA)|
|1978–1980||NC State (assistant)|
|1996–1999||UNC Asheville (assistant)|
|1999–2001||Santa Fe CC|
|2006–2010||NC State (assistant)|
|2011–present||Middle Tennessee (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Monte Corwin Towe (born September 27, 1953) is an American basketball coach and retired player.
Towe attended Oak Hill High School in Converse, Indiana. He was the starting point guard on North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA championship team, and also played varsity baseball for NC State, earning All-ACC recognition in basketball and playing on conference championship teams in both sports. In 1975, the 5'7" (1.7 m) Towe received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the year's best college player under 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. Monte Towe and David Thompson are credited with "inventing" the alley-oop. Because dunking was illegal at the time, Towe would throw the ball to Thompson while he was in the air and Thompson would gently drop the ball in the basket. Towe was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the third round of the 1975 ABA Draft and by the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth round of the 1975 NBA Draft. Towe joined Thompson in signing with Denver, for whom he played in 1976 in the final year of the American Basketball Association and in the 1976-1977 season when Denver joined the NBA. He played in the 1976 ABA All-Star game when the game format was Denver vs. All-Stars.
After his retirement as a player, Towe became an assistant coach under Norm Sloan, first at NC State (1979–80) and then at the University of Florida (1981–89). During the 1990s, he was coach and general manager of two teams in the Global Basketball Association; coach of a professional team in Venezuela (Marinos de Oriente); an assistant coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association under head coach Flip Saunders; coach of two junior college teams; and an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
In 2000, Towe was named head basketball coach at the University of New Orleans. He compiled a 70-78 record over five seasons. In May 2006, he left UNO to become associate head coach at North Carolina State under head coach Sidney Lowe. On April 14, 2011, he was named an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State University.
Towe was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.