Steve Lowe named head women’s basketball coach at MSC


Following the promotion of Justin Cellum to Assistant V.P. for Business Affairs at Murray State College, Steve Lowe has been named MSC Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

Lowe is a 2001 graduate of Central Washington University where he received his bachelor’s degree in special education. He went on to earn a master’s degree in technological education from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn.

“I’m very blessed to be able to take over the program at Murray State College. I’m excited for the opportunity to continue what Coach Cellum has established. My vision is to build a culture of hard- working, respectful and disciplined student athletes who believe in being the best they can be every day on and off the floor,” said Lowe. 

Lowe spent the last five seasons (2014-2019) as an assistant coach at the University of Portland. While at Portland, Lowe helped coach three second-team all-conference players, three honorable mention players, one freshman all-conference player and four first-team all-academic players. 

“Steve will bring to MSC great experience as a recruiter and teacher of the game.  The campus and community will enjoy watching our team under his leadership,” said Cellum.

Lowe spent three seasons (2011-14) at Eastern Washington in Cheney where he helped guide the Eagles to a WNIT berth and a combined 51 wins in three years. Under Lowe’s watch, the Eagles landed a conference MVP honor, two first-team all-conference selections and a Big Sky Freshman of the Year.

Prior to his stint in Cheney, Lowe spent three years as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. Lowe helped the Aggies double their win total and, like the Eagles, the Aggies were also solid in the classroom. During Lowe’s three years on the staff, the team GPA improved from a 2.5 to 3.4.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to add Coach Lowe, his wife Brianne, daughters Harper and Kiernan and son Gunnar to the MSC family.  With Justin Cellum continuing on as athletic director and Coach Lowe at the helm of women’s basketball, it promises to be a very exciting season,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

Lowe’s first collegiate coaching experience came at Bellevue Community College where he helped take the team from a 4-22 mark during their first season to a remarkable 26-5 record in 2007. He helped lead the squad to a second-place finish in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) in 2007 and the team claimed a pair of North Division regular-season titles.

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