COVINGTON -- Thomas Lowe’s first interview with the Alcovy High School brass was not for the Athletic Director opening, but rather the assistant principal opening with the longtime educator looking to advance in his already successful career.
With recent stops at Stephenson Middle and High Schools, as well as stints at Drew Charter and Dr. Martin Luther King High School, the Alcovy hiring committee was made aware of his extensive coaching background while interviewing.
After being offered the assistant principal opening, Lowe was also tabbed the school’s Athletic Director, a position he felt he couldn’t pass up.
“During the interview, we discussed my coaching experience, and it seems they thought I would be a good fit,” Lowe said. “I am excited about being apart of building a program and advocate for the needs of the coaches and students to ensure a successful program. I also look forward to working with the feeder schools to ensure that we create a pipeline from the feeder schools to the high school.”
From 2004-09, Lowe served as the assistant boys basketball coach at Stephenson Middle School while also offering his services as an assistant girls varsity coach at Stephenson High School.
Lowe was an assistant coach on the Jaguars’ 2007-08 coaching staff that won a Class AAAAA girls basketball state championship over Redan. The Jaguars’ defeated Newton three times that season with both teams members of Region 2.
Nine years later, Lowe won his second state championship, this time coaching the Drew girls tennis team to a Class A title in 2017. Lowe served as the boys tennis head coach that season and was an assistant on the girls team.
Most recently, Lowe has served as the percussion instructor and assistant director at MLK.
No stranger to success, Lowe hopes to bring the same good fortune with him to Alcovy, an athletics department itching to return to prominence across all sports.
“We have added new coaches, whom the administration believes are on the same page with our goals for our athletic programs,” Lowe said. “It is my goal to build great programs, not good teams. This will be key to ensuring longevity with the success of our programs.”
In order to achieve that goal, a large emphasis will be placed on the elementary and middle school athletics that feed into Alcovy High School on a year-to-year basis.
“It is my goal to develop sound student-athletes, set winning traditions and promote sound ethics,” Lowe said. “I would like to ensure we are bridging the gap with the feeder schools and support them. It is important to get our feeder schools familiar with the expectations that will be placed on them upon entering high school. It is also important for them to receive the appropriate training that will prepare them for high school athletics.”
Lowe succeeds Kristopher Williams, who was recently promoted to the Alcovy principal at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year. With Williams still on board and having five years of experience as the Tigers’ Athletic Director, Lowe expects to have a great working relationship with his new boss.
“I am fortunate to have Dr. Williams, now principal and former assistant principal and athletic director at Alcovy High School,” Lowe said. “I will definitely look to him for a lot of advice and processes. We have already begun a dialogue on ways to approach the position.”
With intentions of seeking advice from several former colleagues as well, his new colleague in Williams will prove to be his biggest and best ally in his new transition to AD.
“Dr. Williams will be valuable in many ways,” Lowe said. “He is the principal, which means he is the building leader and can make things happen that may require that extra backing. He can help me with things that worked for him the past years. He can mentor me and assist me with challenges. Many of the processes are already in place and he can work with me to ensure a smooth transition.”
With many of the coaches already in place at Alcovy, thanks to the work of Williams and his staff, Lowe said he looks forward to making the final hires and continuing what has been started with recent hires including football, baseball and softball.
“Dr. Williams and the administration has brought on many new coaches who we believe will bring a new life and winning culture to Alcovy,” Lowe said. “He did mention that we will have a few more positions to fill, and we will look to fill those positions in a timely manner. We want everyone to have every advantage to be successful.”