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January 21, 1960 |
Tampa Bay Thrillers
Rapid City Thrillers
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Minnesota Timberwolves (asst.)
Cleveland Cavaliers (asst.)
Minnesota Timberwolves (asst.)
Minnesota Timberwolves (asst.)
Detroit Pistons (asst.)
Utah Jazz (asst.)
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||86–78 (.524) (college)
79–228 (.257) (NBA)
Sidney Rochell Lowe (born January 21, 1960 in Washington, D.C.) is an American basketball coach and is currently an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He is a former NBA player and head coach, and has served as the head coach at North Carolina State University.
Lowe began his career at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He played collegiate basketball at North Carolina State University. He was the point guard for the Wolfpack's 1983 NCAA National Championship team that was heralded for its Cinderella run under legendary head coach Jim Valvano. Lowe was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 1st pick of the second round in the 1983 NBA Draft. He played a total of four seasons in the NBA, for five different teams.
After retiring from basketball in 1991, Lowe took a job as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Halfway through the 1992–93 season he took over as head coach of the struggling Timberwolves and remained in that position until the end of the 1993–94 season. From 1994 to 1999, Lowe served as an assistant coach to Mike Fratello with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lowe returned to the Timberwolves organization in 1999 for one season as assistant coach.
The 2000–01 NBA season became Lowe's second stint as a head coach when he assumed the role for the Vancouver Grizzlies. He was the fifth head coach in the team's short history and led them to a franchise-best record of 23–59 in his first season and again the following season in 2001-02, when the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis. Sidney Lowe resigned from his coaching duties early in the 2002-03 season after starting 0–8, leaving his head coaching record at 79 wins against 228 losses (.257 winning percentage). In 2003, he returned to Minnesota once again to take an assistant position under then head coach Flip Saunders. Lowe followed Saunders to the Detroit Pistons in 2005 and remained an assistant coach there through the 2006 season.
To become eligible for employment as a NCAA head coach, he completed the final nine hours of his business administration degree online via St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Virginia. On May 6, 2006, Lowe was named the new head basketball coach of North Carolina State University, replacing Herb Sendek. Lowe was the first African American named head coach of the Wolfpack. One of Lowe's trademarks as a coach was a red blazer he wore to significant games in honor of his former NC State coach, Jim Valvano.
In his first season at the helm of the NC State program, Lowe became just the third Wolfpack coach, after Everett Case and Press Maravich, to win 20 games and defeat the other three North Carolina institutions in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest). He is one of only four NC State coaches to have coached in the ACC Championship game in their first year.
In spite of the early success, Lowe failed to lead NC State to the NCAA tournament, and his teams only made two appearances in the NIT. He had an overall winning record (86–78) after five years but only a 25–55 conference record. Lowe resigned as head coach of NC State, accepting a buyout of the last two years of his contract, on March 15, 2011. Later that year, he joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant.
On February 18, 2013, Lowe was arrested for not filing North Carolina income taxes for three straight years. He was released on bond.
- 1979-83, played for NC State
- 1983, drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA draft
- 1983-84, played for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA
- 1984-85, played for the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks of the NBA
- 1985-87, played for the Tampa Bay Thrillers of the CBA
- 1987-88, played for the Albany Patroons of the CBA
- 1988-89, played for the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets of the CBA and the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA
- 1989-90, played for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA
- 1990-91, TV analyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves
- 1991-93, assistant coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves
- Jan. 11, 1993, named head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves
- Aug. 17, 1994, fired as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves
- 1994-99, assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA
- June 1, 2000, named head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies of the NBA
- Nov. 12, 2002, resigned as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies
- 2003-05, assistant coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves
- 2005-06, assistant coach of the Detroit Pistons
- May 6, 2006, named head coach of NC State
- March 15, 2011, resigns as head coach of NC State
- October 6, 2011, named assistant coach of the Utah Jazz
NBA playing career
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NBA head coaching record
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %
College head coaching record
|NC State (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2006–2011)|
|2006–2007||NC State||20–16||5–11||T–10th||NIT Quarterfinals|
|2009–2010||NC State||20–16||5–11||T–9th||NIT 2nd Round|
|NC State:||86–78 (.524)||25–55 (.313)|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
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- Former NC State coach Sidney Lowe arrested on tax charges
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- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2006-07 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
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- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2007-08 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
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- Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2008–09) - College Basketball - ESPN
- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2009-10 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2009–10) - College Basketball - ESPN
- North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2010-11 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
- Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2010–11) - College Basketball - ESPN
- Sidney Lowe NBA & ABA Basketball Coaching Record | Basketball-Reference.com
- Sidney Lowe NBA & ABA Statistics | Basketball-Reference.com
- SidneyLowe.com: Sidney Lowe