Chris Lowery

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Chris Lowery
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1972-07-07) July 7, 1972 (age 44)
Evansville, Indiana
Playing career
1990–1994 Southern Illinois
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1995–1997 Rend Lake College (asst.)
1997–2000 Missouri Southern (asst.)
2000–2001 SE Missouri State (asst.)
2001–2003 Southern Illinois (asst.)
2003–2004 Illinois (asst.)
2004–2012 Southern Illinois
2012–present Kansas State (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 145–115 (.558)
Accomplishments and honors
MVC Tournament championship (2006)
MVC regular season championship (2005, 2007)
MVC Coach of the Year (2005)

Chris Lowery (born July 7, 1972) is an American college basketball coach currently serving as an assistant coach at Kansas State University under head coach Bruce Weber. He was previously head coach of the Southern Illinois Salukis men's basketball team. He started in the spring of 2004 and was fired on March 2, 2012.

Playing and coaching[edit]

Born in Evansville, Indiana, Lowery played at Southern Illinois starting in 1990 and later became an assistant coach, eventually serving under Bruce Weber at SIU and moving with him to Illinois after the 2002–03 season. On April 9, 2004, Lowery was named the head coach of SIU's men's basketball team after Matt Painter left to become an associate head coach/head coach designate to Gene Keady at Purdue University.

On March 1, 2007, Lowery was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year after leading SIU to a 25–5 regular season record. A highlight win for the season was when they beat the highly ranked Butler Bulldogs on the road. The Salukis received a number-four seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, the highest for any Valley team since Indiana State received a 1-seed in 1979.

On April 2, 2007, Lowery signed a seven-year contract extension.[1] worth $750,000 annually.

On March 10, 2011, Chris Lowery received a vote of confidence from athletic director Mario Moccia at a joint press conference, despite Southern Illinois suffering its third season with a .500 record or below and growing pressure from fans and alumni to fire Lowery.[2]

Lowery and the Salukis finished the 2011-12 season on March 1, posting an 8-23 (5-13) record. Lowery was fired the following morning.[3]

Lowery was hired as an assistant to Bruce Weber at Kansas State on April 5, 2012.[4] Weber, who was hired at KSU after being let go by Illinois, has worked with Lowery before when the former was head coach at Southern Illinois and for one season at Illinois.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Southern Illinois (Missouri Valley Conference) (2004–present)
2004–05 Southern Illinois 27–7 15–3 1st NCAA Second Round
2005–06 Southern Illinois 22–11 12–6 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2006–07 Southern Illinois 29–7 15–3 1st NCAA Sweet 16
2007–08 Southern Illinois 18–15 11–7 3rd NIT Second Round
2008–09 Southern Illinois 13–18 8–10 5th
2009–10 Southern Illinois 15–15 6–12 9th
2010–11 Southern Illinois 13–19 5–13 8th
2011–12 Southern Illinois 8–23 5–13 9th
Southern Illinois: 145–115 (.558) 77–67 (.535)
Total: 145–115 (.558)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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