NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After spending the past two seasons roaming the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Lipscomb men’s soccer team, Peter Lowry has accepted an offer to join the coaching staff at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lowry leaves Lipscomb with more than four years of coaching experience at the Division I level. He has already begun his duties at Penn.
"I feel very fortunate to have a coach of Peter's caliber join our staff at Penn," Penn head coach Rudy Fuller said in a release on the school’s athletic website. "The opportunity came about unexpectedly, and after speaking with Peter on a few occasions, I knew he would be a tremendous addition to our program."
Lowry, a Fair Oaks, California native, is one of three new assistant coaches joining the staff of Fuller, in his 20th year as a head coach. Some of his duties include day-to-day field training, academic support, camp development and recruiting.
“It’s a really good group of guys,” Lowry said. “They are a talented bunch and I am excited to get to work with them. It is certainly a different type of student-athlete at Penn. No better or worse, it’s just a new challenge to recruit a different type of player to Penn than it was to Lipscomb. So I am really looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and jumping in head first.”
Lowry departs the Music City after helping head man Charles Morrow and his Bisons to a 16-16-3 overall record, including a 10-6-2 mark in 2016, the second highest win total in program history.
“We are grateful for the time and energy that Peter put into this program over the last two years,” Morrow said. “I felt like he did a great job of helping us advance it and move the program along.
“I wish him and Catherine nothing but the best as they enter their next stage in life in moving to Pennsylvania.”
After only two short years Lowry’s leaves behind an impressive list of accomplishments. In that span 10 Bisons were named All-Conference, five earned All-Academic accolades, four made All-Region, three were voted ASUN All-Freshman and six picked up ASUN Player of the Week honors.
“There was a learning curve when I moved to Nashville,” Lowry said. “I definitely did not have all of the answers. That really helped me grow as a coach, a person and a mentor. It was a very, very good environment to be in both on and off the field.
“First I want to thank Charles Morrow for allowing me to be a part of something special at Lipscomb. There has to be some praise on the job that he and his staff did prior to me arriving and that made my job so much easier.”
Lowry points to Morrow as an example he followed in so many areas of his life.
“I learned a lot from Charles, not just on the field, but as somebody who is a fantastic father and mentor,” Lowry said. “The guys at Lipscomb are very lucky to have Charles as someone who is a quality person looking out for them. That is not true at a lot of universities.”
From his first day on campus, Lowry could tell Lipscomb was unlike any other college he had previously been around because of the community.
“I am really fortunate to have had found a home at Lipscomb, if only for a short time,” Lowry said. “I think the best sales pitch that Lipscomb has to offer is that the people make it such a fantastic experience. I always felt the more we could get the student-athletes around those people, the easier it would be for them.”
Lowry wants it to be known he did not go looking for a new job. An opportunity arose for he and his wife, Catherine, and he wanted to do what was best for his family.
“God has a funny way of opening unexpected doors,” Lowry said. “He has the bigger plan. I never in a million years thought I would be coaching at an Ivy League school.”
In three years Lowry has moved from one side of the country to the other, and all three stops have had their perks. However the things Lowry says he will miss most from the Deep South are the music, the food and the people.
“I am really going to miss the live music,” Lowry said. “I don’t think I will ever live in another place where you can get such quality live music. I also loved the barbecue. I know that sounds weird, but it’s just not the same when you aren’t getting it served from someone that calls you ‘hun’.
“And finally, the people at Lipscomb are what I am going to miss more than anything. There are just a lot of really good people and it is easy to see why a lot of people stay. It is a special place.”
Prior to his arrival in Nashville, Lowry served as an integral part on the staff at Saint Mary's College in California, where he helped lead the Gaels to a 19-14-6 mark in his two-year tenure. In 2014, Saint Mary's finished the season with a program-best mark of 12-5-2 and second-place finish in the West Coast Conference.