The 2012-13 season marks the sixth year for David Lowery (pronounced: LOW - rhymes with NOW -ree) as an assistant coach at the University of Florida.
Lowery, like the other Gator assistant coaches, will head an academic team which is comprised of current squad members who report directly to him with progress of their classroom endeavors, supplementing the attention each player receives from Judy Traveis, the Gators’ academic advisor.
Additionally, Lowery will work closely with his fellow assistant coaches coordinating different recruiting classes and will oversee the development of the guards.
An enthusiastic individual, Lowery continued to show dedication to his craft by accepting an invitation to participate during May of 2010 in VILLA 7, considered the “next generation of rising head coaches.” Lowery was exposed to a “variety of topics designed to help ease their transition into the first chair,” as outlined in the agenda.
During the 2008 summer, Lowery participated in a three-day seminar offered through the Black Coaches Administration entitled, "Achieving Coaching Excellence" or "ACE." At the invitation-only event, Lowery received intense training that exposed the participants to life as a head coach and prepared them for all aspects of being the leader of a program, while helping them become the best assistant they can be.
Lowery also has participated in the Nike Coaches Clinic the last three years in Tunica, Miss.
Lowery's path to Gainesville began at Mississippi State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree while spending four years as a student manager and later as a graduate assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs (2000-01). He left Starkville to take a full-time assistant coaching position at Davidson College (2001-05), before Amanda Butler brought him to UNC Charlotte (2005-07) as part of her inaugural 49ers coaching staff and eventually to Florida when Butler was named the Gators’ head coach on April 13, 2007.
During their two years together in Charlotte, Butler and Lowery helped the 49ers compile 40 wins, capture a share of the 2006 Atlantic 10 regular-season championship and earn a pair of postseason berths.
Under Lowery's guidance at Charlotte, senior forward Pam Brown was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 in 2006 and sophomore center Danielle Burgin became a Third-Team All-Atlantic 10 selection in 2007.
Prior to his stint at Charlotte, Lowery was an assistant coach at nearby Davidson College for four years, earning a position on Annette Watt's initial staff which inherited a team that won just nine games the year prior to their arrival. The Wildcats improved their win total each season, culminating in Davidson's 2005 runner-up spot in the Southern Conference - the best regular-season finish in program history.
Lowery earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Mississippi State in December of 2000. While completing his undergraduate work, Lowery served as a practice player for the Lady Bulldogs, working with some of the SEC's top players, including LaToya Thomas, who was a four-time first-team Kodak All-American and the No. 1 overall selection in the 2003 WNBA draft. He spent the second half of the 2000-01 season as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State, helping the Lady Bulldogs reach the WNIT in the midst of a six-year run of postseason appearances.
Lowery is a native of Kosciusko, Miss., which sports a population of less than 7,500 and has the distinction of being the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey. He graduated with honors from Kosciusko High School, where he was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team and was captain of the "Big Red" marching band drumline. Lowery is the father of a 14-year old daughter, Kendall Arvryzena Hightower.
Lowery at a Glance
- Full Name: David Swandale Lowery
- Hometown: Kosciusko, Miss.
- Birthdate: July 19, 1976
- High School: Kosciusko H.S.
- College: Mississippi State Univ. (B.S. in Secondary Education, 2000)
|2000-01||Mississippi State Univ. Graduate Assistant Coach|
|2001 WNIT Quarterfinals|
|2001-05||Davidson College Assistant Coach|
|2005-07||UNC Charlotte Assistant Coach|
|2006 Atlantic 10 Co-Champions; 2006 & 2007 WNIT Appearances|
|2007-Present||University of Florida Assistant Coach|
|2009 & 2012 NCAA Appearance; 2008, 2010 & 2011 WNIT Appearances|