Chris Lowery

Chris Lowery (born July 7, 1972, in Evansville, Indiana) 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

Lowery played at Southern Illinois starting in 1990 and later became an assistant coach, eventually serving underBruce 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.

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