Sidney Lowe

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Sidney Lowe
Washington Wizards
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1960-01-21) January 21, 1960 (age 56)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school DeMatha (Hyattsville, Maryland)
College NC State (1979–1983)
NBA draft 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Playing career 1983–1990
Position Point guard
Number 35, 34, 43
Career history
As player:
1983–1984 Indiana Pacers
1984 Detroit Pistons
1985 Atlanta Hawks
1986–1988 Tampa Bay Thrillers (CBA)
1988 Calgary 88's (WBL)
1988–1989 Albany Patroons (CBA)
1989 Charlotte Hornets
1989 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1990 Minnesota Timberwolves
As coach:
19911993 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
19931994 Minnesota Timberwolves
19941999 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
1999–2000 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20002002 Vancouver / Memphis Grizzlies
20032005 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
2005–2006 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2006–2011 NC State
20112014 Utah Jazz (assistant)
20142016 Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
2016–present Washington Wizards (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Sidney Rochell Lowe (born January 21, 1960) is an American basketball former player and coach. He is currently an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Lowe played college basketball and 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Later that year, he joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant.

At the beginning of the 2014–15 season, Lowe rejoined the Minnesota Timberwolves as an assistant for the next two years, being fired at the end of the 2015–16 season.[4] On July 5, 2016, the Washington Wizards announced that Lowe had been hired as an assistant coach. [5]

NBA playing career[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
1983–84 IND 78 2 15.9 .413 .111 .777 1.6 3.4 1.2 0.1 4.2
1984–85 DET/ATL 21 0 9.0 .370 .000 1.000 0.8 2.4 0.5 0.0 1.3
1988–89 CHA 14 0 17.9 .320 .000 .636 2.4 6.6 1.0 0.0 1.6
1989–90 MIN 80 38 21.8 .319 .222 .722 2.0 4.2 0.9 0.1 2.3
Career 193 40 17.7 .367 .133 .764 1.7 3.9 1.0 0.0 2.9

Head coaching record[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Minnesota 1992–93 53 13 40 .245 5th in Midwest Missed playoffs
Minnesota 1993–94 82 20 62 .244 5th in Midwest Missed playoffs
Vancouver 2000–01 82 23 59 .280 7th in Midwest Missed playoffs
Memphis 2001–02 82 23 59 .280 7th in Midwest Missed playoffs
Memphis 2002–03 8 0 8 .000 (fired)
Career 307 79 228 .257


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
NC State (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2006–2011)
2006–07 NC State 20–16[6] 5–11[6] T–10th[7] NIT Quarterfinals[8]
2007–08 NC State 15–16[9] 4–12[9] T–11th[10]
2008–09 NC State 16–14[11] 6–10[11] 10th[12]
2009–10 NC State 20–16[13] 5–11[13] T–9th[14] NIT 2nd Round[13]
2010–11 NC State 15–16[15] 5–11[15] T–10th[16]
NC State: 86–78 (.524) 25–55 (.313)
Total: 86–78 (.524)

      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


  1. ^ Katz, Andy (May 5, 2006). "Sources: Pistons' Lowe agrees to coach NC State". 
  2. ^ "First African American head basketball coach (2006 - 3/2011)". Historical State. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Giglio, J.P. (March 15, 2011). "Sidney Lowe resigns as N.C. State coach". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Timberwolves announce mass firings". May 20, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2006-07 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
  7. ^ Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2006–07) - College Basketball - ESPN
  8. ^ North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Recap - March 20, 2007 - ESPN
  9. ^ a b North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2007-08 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
  10. ^ Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2007–08) - College Basketball - ESPN
  11. ^ a b North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2008-09 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
  12. ^ Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2008–09) - College Basketball - ESPN
  13. ^ a b c North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2009-10 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
  14. ^ Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2009–10) - College Basketball - ESPN
  15. ^ a b North Carolina State Wolfpack Basketball 2010-11 Schedule - Wolfpack Home and Away - ESPN
  16. ^ Atlantic Coast Conference Standings (2010–11) - College Basketball - ESPN

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