Lipscomb men's soccer head coach Charles Morrow announced on Tuesday the hiring of Peter Lowry as assistant coach for the Bisons.
Lowry’s main duties will include recruiting coordinator, scout preparation, performance analysis, team academics, and day-to-day on-field training.
Lowry comes to Lipscomb after serving as an integral part of the staff at Saint Mary’s College where he helped lead the Gaels to a 19-14-6 record during his two-year tenure. In 2014 Saint Mary’s finished the season with a program-best 12-5-2 mark and a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference. 2014 season highlights included wins over the No. 4, No. 24, and No. 27 ranked teams.
Individually, Saint Mary’s players achieved success on the field and in the classroom under Lowry's guidance. The Gaels had 10 All-Conference selections, including the 2014 WCC Goalkeeper of the Year and NSCAA All-Far West Region first team member, Andre Rawls, and 10 Academic All-Conference honorees. In January, Rawls became the first Saint Mary’s player ever selected in the Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft. He was taken in the third round (44th overall) by the New York City Football Club.
Prior to St. Mary’s College, Lowry worked with the U16 and U18 San Juan Soccer Club U.S. Development Academy teams in Sacramento, California in 2012.
“Peter’s experience, success and connections made while with the St. Mary’s program and his time in the U.S. Development Academy have prepared him to step into his role at Lipscomb and hit the ground running,” Morrow said. “Peter has already proven to be a tremendous asset to our training environment here and my expectations are that he will only add to past success.”
Lowry, a McDonald’s High School All-American out of Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, California, proved successful at every level of the game by putting together a decorated career in youth club, college and as a professional.
He played club ball with the Irvine Strikers before helping lead San Juan Soccer Club to the national championship in 2003.
Lowry played four seasons of collegiate soccer at Santa Clara University where he led the Broncos to a No. 2 national ranking, two WCC championships and appearances in the Elite 8 and round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. A four-year starter and two-year team captain at Santa Clara, Lowry finished his career with 22 goals, good for seventh all-time in program history, and 15 assists. His 60 career points placed him in the Top 10 all-time at SCU.
After leading the Broncos to a 16-2-4 mark, an 18-game unbeaten streak and the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA Tournament in his senior season, the honors began to stockpile for Lowry. He finished the year with eight goals and seven assists on his way to being named the WCC Player of the Year.
He was also selected to the First Team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, All-Far West Region First Team, All-WCC First Team, College Soccer News First Team All-America and the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season.
Lowry was a 2007 semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is given annually to the nation’s top college soccer player, and for his contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community, he earned Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-America honors.
He was named the TopDrawer Soccer and College Soccer News National Player of the Week (Sept. 24, 2007) after scoring three goals against San Jose State and No. 5 UCLA to lead SCU to two wins.
In his junior season, Lowry tied for the team lead in scoring with six goals, two assists and 14 total points, including a team-best three game-winners. He was a First Team All-Far West Region member and earned a spot on the Second Team All-WCC for the second consecutive season. He was also a Top Drawer Soccer National second teamer.
After graduating from Santa Clara in 2008 with a degree in Finance, Lowry was selected 26th overall in the MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. He made his full professional debut for the Fire on July 1, 2008 in a U.S. Open Cup third-round game against the Cleveland City Stars. Over his three-year stint with the Fire, Lowry started in 20 of his 24 matches played and scored five goals.
The Missoula, Montana native wrapped up his professional career with the Portland Timbers after they selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. He saw action in three games and started twice.
Before his time in Chicago, Lowry played in the USL Premier Development League for the Ajax Orlando Prospects (‘04), Boulder Rapids Reserve (’04-’05) and San Jose Frogs (’07).
Lowry also saw action against several of the top international sides while playing in the MLS, including: Mexico’s Club America, West Bromwich Albion, Everton, AFC Ajax, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Independiente and Legia Warsaw.
He also has represented the United States as part of the U14, U18 and U23 National Team.
“Peter is absolutely the right person at the right time for the assistant coach position at Lipscomb,” Morrow said. “As a player, Peter has performed and competed at the highest levels of U.S. soccer. His experience, and what he has seen first hand as a player and a coach, is invaluable.
“What does not show in Peter’s resume is who he is as a person. He is humble and hardworking. He is hungry to continue learning and believes in what the program here at Lipscomb is doing. Peter shares the passion for using soccer as a tool to help transform young men into the players and men that they aspire to be.”