Oct. 27, 2005

After four years away from the Ohio State men’s soccer program, Jon Lowery has returned home to wear the Scarlet and Gray.

Last February, ninth year head coach John Bluem added Lowery to his staff, thus bringing back Bluem’s first goalkeeper when he arrived in Columbus in 1997. Lowery, a 1999 Ohio State graduate, was a first-team All-Big Ten Goalkeeper in 1997 and 1998, and is OSU’s only two-time first-team All-Big-Ten honoree. He also served as two-time team captain, two-time team MVP, and in 1997 was an Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Lowery remembers playing during a transition period for the OSU men’s soccer program.

“I was a junior when Coach Bluem came to OSU,” Lowery recalls. “As a team we tried to be the best we could be. We simply wanted to get the OSU soccer program’s name on the map to be known nationally”.

Ohio State now has first-class facilities in which to train and a new stadium to compete. When Lowery attended OSU the Buckeyes played and practiced on the same field. Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is a first class facility where the soccer team currently plays.

After graduating with a degree in communication, Lowery continued to play soccer on the professional level for four years. The native of Apple Valley, Minn., spent the majority of his pro career with the Minnesota Thunder, playing three seasons in 1999, 2000 and 2002. In 2001, Lowery started the season with the Carolina Dynamo before being called up by the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer.

In addition to Lowery’s collegiate success, his experience at the professional level made him an ideal candidate to fill Bluem’s staff vacancy.

“Jon has a lot to offer the Ohio State soccer program,” Bluem stated. “It makes a huge difference having a former goalkeeper as a coach, as it brings a whole new look at things. We are very pleased with Jon’s work and he has the dedication and loyalty to help Ohio State to the top.” Following his professional playing days, but before returning to Ohio State, Lowery served for two years as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

“I love being a coach,” Lowery said. “While it is different being on the other side as a coach, I still have a lot of player’s blood in me.”

“Jon is the whole package,” Bluem said. “He was an exceptional goalkeeper, alum of OSU, and a very good coach. He is the perfect fit as part of our staff at OSU.”

By Keri Steiner, OSU Athletics Communications Contributing Writer

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