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FSU Names Randy Lowe Head Cross Country Coach

Frostburg, Md. ... Frostburg State University has named Randy Lowe head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country programs, Athletic Director Ralph Brewer announced recently. Lowe, an assistant for the Bobcat men's and women's cross country and track and field teams since 1998, replaces Bob Lewis, who retired last month after a stellar 31-year coaching career.

"It’s an honor to be named head coach of a program with such a great tradition," said Lowe, who will continue to serve as an assistant coach with the indoor and outdoor track and field programs, working with the middle distance and distance runners. "Our teams will be very young in 2001, but we will continue the same commitment to excellence that has always been the hallmark of the Frostburg State University cross country and track and field programs."

"Bob has had a great career at FSU, and I am positive that Randy will continue the winning tradition," said Brewer. "Randy has the experience as a runner himself and as an assistant coach to maintain a high standard."

In his three seasons, Lowe has established himself as one of the top distance coaches in the East. In 2000, he guided former Bobcat standout Michael Taye to Division III track and field national championships in both the 5,000-meter indoor and 10,000-meter outdoor events as well as a runner-up finish in the 5,000-meter outdoors. Lowe then coached Taye to the 5,000-meter national title and a third-place showing in the 10,000-meters at the 2001 outdoor championships this past May.

During Lowe's tenure as an assistant, the Bobcat cross country teams won all four Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference women's titles, three of the four AMCC men's championships and a pair of Mason-Dixon Conference men's crowns. He was named the 1999 Mason-Dixon Conference Cross Country Coach of the Year for his efforts.

Lowe was an eight-time NCAA Division II All-American at Shippensburg (Pa.) University, earning national accolades six times in track & field (5,000 and 10,000 meters) and twice in cross country. As a sophomore, Lowe placed third in the nation in the outdoor 5,000 meters, earned PSAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year honors and was selected to the All-East Region team.

He followed that performance with an amazing junior season, placing second in the outdoor 10,000 and recording third-place finishes in cross country and both the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter events. He earned All-East Region squad and PSAC Track & Field Athlete of the Year awards as well.

As a senior, Lowe captured the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championship in the 10,000-meter run, placed second in the outdoor 5,000 and finished fifth in cross country. He was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Track & Field Athlete of the Year and also earned Academic All-America honors.

In addition to an outstanding individual career, Lowe helped the Red Raider cross country team to a national runner-up finish in 1990 and a fourth-place showing in 1991. He was also a member of three PSAC track and field championship teams.

A 1992 graduate of Shippensburg with a bachelor's degree in history, Lowe received his master's degree in library and information science from Drexel University in 1995 before becoming the reference librarian at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.

He has served as FSU's reference and electronic resources librarian since 1997, has been a clinician at the Shippensburg University Cross Country camps since 1990 and is a board member of the Queen City Striders, a local chapter of the Road Runners Club of America.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780