College - North Carolina State '83
Entering his third season as the Grizzlies Head Coach, Sidney Lowe holds the coveted task of molding a revamped Grizzlies lineup into a competitive and winning team as well as a true playoff contender.
In only two seasons with the Grizzlies, Sidney Lowe has led the team to back-to-back franchise-best records, compiling 23-59 marks during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. Additionally, his total of 46 regular season wins in two seasons with the Grizzlies ranks him as the winningest coach in franchise history.
Last season, Lowe tipped off the 2001-02 season in a new city, a new arena and with one of the youngest rosters in the NBA. Despite the challenges, Lowe set numerous firsts and franchise records during the team’s inaugural year in Memphis, establishing his team as a true competitive force. With 2001-02 Rookie of the Year Pau Gasol and All-Rookie first-team member Shane Battier following his lead, Lowe has his sights set on another record-setting season, and even higher goals of reaching the post season for the first time in franchise history.
With 23 wins and 59 losses last season, the Grizzlies tied a franchise-best, matching the mark Lowe established just the previous season during his first year coaching the Grizzlies. In addition, under Lowe’s leadership, the team tied the franchise-best win percentage (.280) and home record (15-26), all while setting new monthly records for most wins in team history during December (6-9) and March (4-11) as well as tying the April record with four wins during the month.
Lowe also steered the Grizzlies to other team firsts, winning their first game in team history at Madison Square Garden with a 90-88 win over the Knicks in New York, followed by a season-series two-game sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers—another franchise first.
Lowe was named the fifth head coach in Grizzlies team history on June 1, 2000. During his inaugural coaching season (2000-01) with the team, he turned a struggling squad into a record-setting squad, guiding the team to franchise-best overall (23-59) and home records (15-26) and a franchise best win percentage .280.
Lowe’s NBA coaching career began in 1991-92, when he joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as an assistant coach. One season later, he took on his first head coaching job, taking over the reigns midway through the 1992-93 season to lead the Wolves to a 13-30 record. The following season, his first full run as head coach, Lowe led Minnesota to a 20-62 record. In 1994-95, he left his post with the Wolves to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as an assistant coach under Mike Fratello. In five seasons as an assistant coach with the Cavs (1994-1999), Lowe helped the team compile a 248-212 record, including four NBA playoff appearances. Following his six-year stint with the Cavs, Lowe returned to the city where he began his NBA career, re-joining the Timberwolves as an assistant coach for the 1999-2000 season.
In addition to his tenure as a coach, Lowe spent several seasons on the other side of the ball, suiting up in the NBA for Charlotte, Indiana, Atlanta, Detroit and Minnesota. In addition, he helped lead the Albany Patrons and the Tampa Bay Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) to league titles. A talented and energetic coach, Lowe’s style can be traced back to his collegiate years when he was a member of Jim Valvano’s legendary North Carolina State Wolfpack. He helped the team win the 1983 NCAA Title, earning Final Four All-Tournament team honors in the effort. Lowe also earned a gold medal at the 1981 World University Games as a member of the USA national team.