Coach Lowers is beginning his 3rd season guiding the Patriot Wrestling team.
Coach Lowers' second season guiding the Patriots saw the team improve in several areas. The Patriots moved up 7 spots to finish 14th in the 2012 NAIA National Tournament. The 2011-2012 team boasted two All-Americans in senior Larone Madison who placed 3rd and true freshman Anthonie Linares who placed 4th. The Patriots qualified 11 student-athletes for the National Tournament. The team also saw improvements in the classroom as well as on the mat as they moved up to 11th place in the country academically while sporting a 3.01 team grade point average. Two Patriot wrestlers were named to the Mid-South Conference All-Academic team as both Zack Barkett and Derek Murdock were repeat award winners from the 2010-2011 season. Barkett also received the highly coveted Daktronics Scholar Athlete award while having the 4th highest GPA in the country. Off the mat, the Patriots spent the 2011-2012 season involved in various community service activities such as Relay for Life, Mountain Outreach, and youth wrestling coaching.
In Coach Lowers' inaugural season as head coach, the Patriots placed 21st in the 2011 NAIA National Tournament. Larone Madison became the 1st All-American Lowers coached at UC. In 2010-2011, the Patriots qualified 9 student-athletes to the National Tournament. The Patriots placed 3 wrestlers on the Mid-South Conference All-Academic team (Derek Murdock, Zack Barkett, Garrett Harrison). The Patriots also were honored with 1 Daktronics Scholar Athlete in Garrett Harrison as well as a NWCA Academic All-American in Derek Murdock. As a team, UC finished just outside the top ten in the team academic standings with a 2.91 GPA.
Lowers is a native of Wadena, Minnesota 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 that limited his collegiate competitive experience, Matt attended Concordia College where he graduated in 2006 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in coaching.
Lowers leads UC after previously serving three years as the head assistant at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). In 2009 at SCSU, Lowers helped direct a team that finished with a 14-7 dual meet record and a 7th place finish in the NWCA National Duals. His student-athlete's accolades included 8 National Qualifiers, 4 All-Americans, a team high 7th place finish, a team that finished 2nd in NCAA Division II Academic Standings, and 8 NCAA Academic All-Americans.
In his first two seasons, Matt helped coach 15 National Qualifiers, 6 All-Americans, and 9 Academic All-Americans. The 2008-2009 Husky Wrestling Team set 4 program records and won an astounding 500 individual matches on the season with 111 of them coming by fall. The post-season was equally impressive for the SCSU Wrestlers as they set team records for the most points scored in the regional tournament with 112. The Huskies qualified 8 out of 10 wrestlers to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in the process of setting that record. The 8th Place finish at the NCAA's was the highest finish for a SCSU Wrestling team since 1983. The 44 team points scored was another record for the Huskies. Of the 8 NCAA Qualifiers, 3 earned All-American honors.
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.