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Sidney Lowe

Title Head coach
College NC State
Sport Basketball
Team record 20–15 (5–11)
Born January 21, 1960 (1960-01-21) (age 50)
Place of birth Washington, D.C.
Career highlights
Overall 71–61
Playing career
NC State
Indiana Pacers
Detroit Pistons
Atlanta Hawks
Tampa Bay Thrillers
Albany Patroons
Charlotte Hornets
Rapid City Thrillers
Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Minnesota Timberwolves (asst.)
Minnesota Timberwolves
Cleveland Cavaliers (asst.)
Minnesota Timberwolves (asst.)
Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves (asst.)
Detroit Pistons (asst.)
NC State

Sidney Lowe (born January 21, 1960 in Washington, D.C.) is a current college basketball head coach at North Carolina State University, former NBA basketball player and coach.



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.

In order 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 and his wife Melonie live in Raleigh with their three children. One of Lowe's trademarks as a coach is a red blazer he wears 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 in his first season and to defeat the other three North Carolina institutions in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest) in his first year as head coach. He is one of only four NC State coaches to have coached in the ACC Championship game in their first year.


Basketball timeline

  • 1979-83, played for NC State
  • 1983, drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA draft
  • 1983-84, played for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA
  • 1984-85, played for the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks of the NBA
  • 1985-87, played for the Tampa Bay Thrillers of the CBA
  • 1987-88, played for the Albany Patroons of the CBA
  • 1988-89, played for the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets of the CBA and the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA
  • 1989-90, played for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA
  • 1990-91, TV analyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 1991-93, assistant coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Jan. 11, 1993, named head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Aug. 17, 1994, fired as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 1994-99, assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA
  • June 1, 2000, named head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies of the NBA
  • Nov. 12, 2002, resigned as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies
  • 2003-05, assistant coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2005-06, assistant coach of the Detroit Pistons
  • May 6, 2006, named head coach of NC State

College head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
NC State (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2006–present)
2006–2007 NC State 20–16 5–11 T–10th NIT Quarterfinals
2007–2008 NC State 15–16 4–12 T–11th
2008–2009 NC State 16–14 6–10 10th
2009–2010 NC State 20–15 5–11 T–9th NIT
NC State: 71–61 20–44
Total: 71–61

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion


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