March 9, 2010


Cortland’s Lowie top ‘A’ coach

Cortland High’s Mick Lowie was honored as the Section 3 Class A Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year Sunday during the sectional championships at Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Lowie led the Purple Tigers to the OHSL Freedom Division championship with an 11-2 league record, and the team finished the season at 14-5 overall. “It’s very nice,” said Lowie. “I only remember them having done this for four or five years. It’s not mandatory but highly recommended that coaches vote, and it’s based on the regular season.
“When you take into consideration that the undefeated, top-ranked team in the state is in our league (Jamesville-DeWitt), it’s kind of a nice honor. It certainly was a surprise. I voted for Bob (McKenney, the J-D coach), How could he not get it?”
Lowie noted that the award is based on how a coach does based on the athletes he has as well as rapport with other coaches and officials. “I think we surprised some people this year,” he said. “We had a lot of new kids on varsity, so maybe the season we had was a little unexpected to some coaches.
“It’s funny how some years you, quote, do a great job, and others not. All of the coaches work as hard as we can. Some years things come together better then in other years. I really didn’t coach any different than in any other year.”
Lowie, who has now coached the Purple Tigers for 21 seasons, spread the credit for his award. “Looking through the years we’ve had good scholar-athletes to work with, smart kids with supportive parents,” he said. “I’ve also had a consistently dedicated staff that has worked with me.
“Rick Miller has been with me (as a varsity assistant) for 15 years, and it’s been nice to have Jeremy Milligan back the last couple of years. Yale Hughes has been the JV coach for 10 years, assisted by Tom Neugebauer, who has been there for 15 years, and Tim Guido (three years). Jim Brown (ninth-grade coach) has been with the program for 10 years, and Jeff Lacey (eighth grade) for eight. Ben Albright and his assistant, Brandon Galutz, do a good job with the seventh graders. The kids who come through know what we want and expect, and I give thanks and praise to all those coaches for what they’ve done to make this possible.”
— SUNY Cortland’s Corey Gymnasium will host a New York State basketball tournament Class AA doubleheader tonight.
In a girls’ first round contest, Section 4 champion Binghamton (20-0) faces Section 1’s Mount Vernon (20-3) in a 6 p.m. start. Section 4 champion Vestal (16-3) will meet Mount Vernon (16-6) boys at 7:45 p.m. in the nightcap.
SUNY Cortland will also be the site for regional contests on Saturday.