Matt Lowers named new head coach at University of the Cumberlands

By Jennifer Wake-Floyd | July 28, 2010, 9:40 p.m. (ET)
The University of the Cumberlands Men's Wrestling program is one with a rich tradition of NAIA All-American athletes, NAIA National Champions, and numerous NAIA Academic All-Americans that have filled the program over the past years. That success is due to the diverse talent that is recruited across the country by a top notch coaching staff. The University of the Cumberlands (UC) wasted little time in continuing to support this tradition of excellence by announcing today the hiring of Matt Lowers as the Head Coach of the Men's Wrestling team.

Lowers is a native of Wadena, MN where he was an All-State athlete while competing in wrestling, football, and track and field for Wadena-Deer Creek High School. After suffering a severe neck and back injury in high school, Matt attended Concordia College where he was graduated in 2006 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in coaching.

"I am humbled and honored to be named the head coach at the University of the Cumberlands" said Lowers. "I am excited to get to work with the athletes and begin working towards helping them reach their individual goals which will in turn result in the team reaching our goals."

Lowers will lead UC after having served the past two years as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University. Before joining that staff, Lowers was with the 2007 National Champion University of Minnesota Wrestling team staff. Matt joined the Gophers in 2006 when the team captured the Division I National Dual Team Championship, Big Ten Championship, and finished second at the NCAA's. In 2007 the Minnesota Wrestling team repeated as National Dual and Big Ten Champions and also won the NCAA's for the third time in school history. While also serving as an assistant with the University of Minnesota's wrestling team, Matt worked as the Director of Wrestling Operations for J. Robinson Intensive Camps. J. Robinson Intensive Camps have set the standard for intensive camps while training over 3000 athletes each summer.

Prior to his time with the Gophers and J. Robinson Camps, Matt spent three seasons as an assistant at his alma mater Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. In his final two seasons at Concordia, Lowers was able to work with Minnesota and North Dakota Hall of Fame Coach Clay Nagel. During those two years with the Cobber's, Matt played a significant role in helping Nagel by more than doubling their roster size and equaling the schools highest ever dual meet win record. During this time, Lowers also served as the Director of the Cobber Wrestling Camp which, in its first two years of operation, averaged over 285 campers per year while bringing in a world class staff.

Lowers has not had a chance to meet with many of the players as of yet, but he will be getting acquainted with his team in the near future as he gears up for the move to Williamsburg and a Mid-South Conference championship season.