After coaching for more than seven years under two former Eastern assistants, Steve Lowe followed suit as a full-time assistant women’s basketball coach at Eastern Washington University. Lowe officially joined the EWU staff in July 2011.
He serves as a primary recruiter for the Eagle women’s basketball team, and also assists with opponent scouting and academic support of the student-athletes. He is also the liaison for the team’s strength and conditioning program, working closely with strength coach Amir Owens with in-season and off-season workouts, as well as coordinating player development and directing Eastern's summer camps. On the court, Lowe assists with day-to-day coaching, while working mainly with the wings.
Since joining the Eagles prior to their 2011-12 campaign,
Eastern has won 35 games and has advanced to the Big Sky Tournament
in both seasons. Most recently in 2012-13, EWU won a school-record
14 Big Sky games en route to finishing third in the league
standings. The Eagles concluded that year with their second WNIT
bid in program history after winning 19 games for just the fourth
time in school history.
Lowe came to Eastern from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where he was the assistant to Aggie head coach Tom Webb, who coincidentally spent four years as an EWU assistant from 2004-08. But it doesn’t stop there. Lowe’s very first collegiate coaching position was as an assistant to his direct Eastern predecessor, Cheryl Sorenson.
Lowe and Sorenson coached together for three years at Bellevue Community College before Sorenson was hired at Eastern in 2007. After her departure from BCC, Lowe took over as head coach of the Bulldogs for one season before heading to Cameron.
In his most recent position as assistant coach at Cameron, Lowe was involved in all aspects of the program, including practice plans, recruiting, budget management, travel arrangements, scouting and film breakdown, strength and conditioning and community outreach.
During his tenure, Lowe helped the Aggies double their total wins from just six in 2008-09 to 13 in 2010-11. He coached five All-Lone Star Conference selections, and had two different recruits honored as LSC Newcomers of the Year.
In addition to his influence on the court, Lowe also helped to dramatically improve the academic success and community involvement of the Aggies. In his three years, the team grade point average improved from a 2.5 to 3.4, and the community service hours logged by the CU women’s basketball team grew from 197 in the 2008-09 school year to 295 in 2010-11.
Similar to his contributions at Cameron, Lowe was also instrumental in turning around the Bellevue Community College women’s basketball program. In just three years, Lowe and Sorenson took the team from a 4-22 mark to a 26-5 powerhouse. He helped lead the squad to a second-place finish in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) in 2007 and two North Division regular-season titles.
From 2004-08, he coached five All-Region first-team selections, one second-team honoree, four All-NWAACC Tournament players and four academic all-stars.
Before teaming up with Sorenson at BCC, Lowe was the head girls’ basketball coach at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Wash. He also spent more than seven years in the classroom as a special education teacher in the Lake Washington, Issaquah and Richland school districts.
Lowe is a 2001 graduate of Central Washington University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in special education. He went on to earn a master’s in technological education from Walden University in Baltimore, Md.
He is married to Brianne Lowe (formerly Smedley), who is the varsity volleyball coach at Cheney High School. They have two daughters, Harper and Kiernan.