Feb. 23, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jon Lowery, a first-team All-Big Ten goalkeeper for Ohio State in 1997 and 1998 and a 1997 Academic All-Big Ten selection, has been added to the Buckeyes’ men’s soccer coaching staff, OSU head coach John Bluem has announced. Lowery, who spent four years in professional soccer after graduating from Ohio State in 1999, has served as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts for the past two seasons.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Lowery said. “Ohio State has always been a special place to me and I am thrilled for the chance to come back and help the program.”

Lowery was Bluem’s first goalkeeper at Ohio State when Bluem arrived in Columbus from Fresno State in 1997. Lowery totaled 158 saves in his career, which began at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1994. As a high school senior, he was the 1994 Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota and was UW-Green Bay’s MVP as a freshman before transferring to Ohio State. As a Buckeye, Lowery was a two-time captain, two-time team MVP and is Ohio State’s only two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree. His 158 saves and 1.12 goals-against average both rank fourth in the Ohio State career record book.

“Jon has a lot to offer the program,” Bluem said. “We have been thinking for some time about adding a dedicated goalkeeper coach, and with Jon, not only do we have that, but he gives us the flexibility of having a great assistant coach for the rest of the players, too. Because he is an alum the program is near and dear to his heart, and he has the dedication and loyalty to help us get Ohio State to the top.”

Lowery’s professional career included stints with Major League Soccer’s Tampa Bay Mutiny as well as the Carolina Dynamos of the United Soccer League and Minnesota Thunder of the A-League. He owns a communications degree from Ohio State and will graduate from Massachusetts in May with a master’s degree in sport management. Lowery and his wife, Gretchen, will be moving to Columbus later this month. The Ohio State coaching staff, which includes sixth-year assistant coach Frank Speth, will look to 17 returning letterwinners in 2005 to build on the program’s best season in history in 2004. Last fall the Buckeyes tied the school wins record with 12, won their first share of a Big Ten regular season championship and won their first two games in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the Round of 16.

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