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NCAA Jun 26, 2024

Jason Lowe joins Duke women’s soccer program as assistant coach

DURHAM – Duke women’s soccer head coach Robbie Church has announced the addition of Jason Lowe as an assistant coach. Lowe will be in charge of coaching the goalkeepers among other duties.

“I’m excited to add to what I feel is the top coaching staff in women’s soccer,” said Church. “To be able to add an experienced coach like Jason is a great find for us. I’ve known Jason for a long time. First and foremost, he is a quality person. He does things the right way, has lots of energy and is very positive. I think he will have a great impact on our program, our players and our goalkeepers. It’s nice to have an experienced former head coach in the ACC in the program. He will be able to help us continue to play at a national level and continue to strive to win ACC and National Championships.”

Lowe brings to Duke a vast knowledge of college soccer with 17 years of experience at Boston College, Wake Forest, Alabama and Emory University. Most recently he was the head coach with the Eagles from 2019-23. Lowe also served as the associate head coach with the Demon Deacons for five seasons (2014-19), assistant coach with the Tide for five years (2009-14) and assistant coach/goalkeeper coach for two seasons with the Eagles (2007-09).

“Robbie is a legend and one of the best people in soccer,” said Lowe. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn from him, continue my growth and contribute to the tradition of Duke women’s soccer. I’m excited to get to know the players and can’t wait to get started.”

During his time at Wake Forest, Lowe helped guide the Demon Deacons to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, as WFU reached the round of 32 in 2017, and upset No. 2 seed West Virginia en route to the Sweet 16 in 2018. Lowe made an incredible impact on the Deacon defense, as the 2017 team had one of the best defenses in the ACC. Wake Forest’s 0.67 goals against average and 14 goals allowed finished third in the league and was among the best in program history. The Deacs also had 11 shutouts, the most since 2011.

Lowe was crucial in the development of WFU keeper Lindsay Preston, who finished third in the conference with a .811 save percentage and fourth with a 0.70 goals against average her senior season en route to All-ACC honors. Also in 2017, the Deacs surrendered just 12 goals in regular-season play, their lowest goal total since before Lowe in 2011.

He was instrumental in helping several of his Demon Deacon student-athletes reach the professional ranks, with Jenna Bike (Chicago), Hannah Betfort (Utah) and Madison Hammond (Angel City) all drafted by or competing with NWSL teams.

Lowe joined the Demon Deacons after serving as an assistant coach at Alabama for five seasons, specializing in the development of the back line of the defense as well as the goalkeepers.

During his time with the Crimson Tide, Lowe also acted as the recruiting coordinator and had a large amount of success. In Lowe’s last two seasons, his recruits went on to earn three SEC All-Freshman Team honors and an NSCAA All-Region selection. In addition, the 2012 recruiting class was ranked 13th nationally and was the top class in the conference that year.

Under Lowe’s tutelage, former Alabama goalkeeper Justine Bernier earned six school records and was the first player in school history to earn All-SEC honors in each of her four seasons.

Prior to arriving at Alabama, Lowe spent two seasons with the Emory women’s soccer program as the team’s goalkeeper coach. During his two campaigns with the Eagles, Lowe helped the program to an impressive 32-6-3 record that included a pair of appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 2008, Emory also shared for the University Athletic Association championship, the Eagles first conference crown since 2004.

A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, he is a 1998 alumnus of Wake Forest and also served as a goalkeeper for the men’s soccer squad from 1994-97.

In addition to receiving his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest, Lowe also earned his MBA at Wake Forest’s Babcock Graduate School of Management in 2002.

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