|Title||Associate head coach|
July 7, 1972|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1995–1997||Rend Lake (assistant)|
|1997–2000||Missouri Southern (assistant)|
|2000–2001||SE Missouri State (assistant)|
|2001–2003||Southern Illinois (assistant)|
|2012–present||Kansas State (associate HC)|
|Head coaching record|
3–3 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 MVC regular season (2005, 2007)|
MVC Tournament (2006)
|2x MVC Coach of the Year (2005, 2007)|
Christopher Michael Lowery (born July 7, 1972) is an American college basketball coach currently serving as an assistant men's basketball coach at Kansas State University under head coach Bruce Weber. He was previously the head men's basketball coach at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He started in the spring of 2004 and was fired on March 2, 2012.
Playing and coaching career
Born in Evansville, Indiana, Lowery played at Southern Illinois starting in 1990 and later became an assistant coach, eventually serving under Bruce Weber at Southern Illinois and moving with him to Illinois after the 2002–03 season. On April 9, 2004, Lowery was named the head coach of Southern Illinois 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 four-seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, the highest for any Valley team since Indiana State received a one-seed in 1979.
On April 2, 2007, Lowery signed a seven-year contract extension. worth $750,000 annually. On March 10, 2011, 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.
Lowery and the Salukis finished the 2011–12 season on March 1, posting an 8–23 overall record with a 5–13 mark in conference play. Lowery was fired the following morning.
Head coaching record
|Southern Illinois Salukis (Missouri Valley Conference) (2004–2012)|
|2004–05||Southern Illinois||27–7||15–3||1st||NCAA Round of 32|
|2005–06||Southern Illinois||22–11||12–6||T–2nd||NCAA Round of 64|
|2006–07||Southern Illinois||29–7||15–3||1st||NCAA Sweet 16|
|2007–08||Southern Illinois||18–15||11–7||3rd||NIT Second Round|
|Southern Illinois:||145–115 (.558)||77–67 (.535)|
Postseason invitational champion