Kansas State men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber named the first member of his coaching staff on Thursday, as former Southern Illinois head coach Chris Lowery was selected as an assistant coach.
Lowery’s specific title and duties will be assigned at a later date, as Weber completes his initial staff. Lowery’s contract details are still being finalized, but he will earn a base salary of $210,000 for 2012-13.
“I’m really excited about Chris joining the coaching staff,” Weber said in a release. “He has been with me at both Southern Illinois and Illinois as an assistant coach and we have a great relationship, which is critical in building a staff. He is an outstanding recruiter with great ties to the Midwest and will be a huge asset in helping us to establish a great recruiting base.
“He also has the added experience of being a head coach for eight years at SIU, which is only going to help me on the bench. I look forward to K-State Nation getting to know Chris and his family.”
Lowery will be reunited with Weber for the third time after serving as his assistant coach for two seasons at Southern Illinois (2001-03) and one season at Illinois (2003-04). During that three-year period, the duo helped the Salukis and Illini to a combined 78-22 (.780) overall record, including a 43-9 (.827) mark in conference play, with three trips to the NCAA tournament, including Sweet 16 appearances in 2002 and 2004.
Lowery arrives at K-State after an eight-year stint (2004-12) as the head coach at his alma mater, Southern Illinois, where he posted a 145-116 (.556) overall record with four postseason appearances, two Missouri Valley Conference Championships and one Missouri Valley Conference tournament title. His teams won 20 or more games and advanced to the NCAA tournament on three occasions (2005-07), including a 2007 trip to the Sweet 16. He was twice named the Missouri Valley Coach of the Year (2005, 2007). He collected a 77-67 (.535) record in MVC play, including four seasons of double-digit victories.
A native of Evansville, Ind., Lowery, 39, was born on July 7, 1972 and attended Harrison High School. He and wife, Erika, have four children, Lexis, C.J., Kahari and Jazmyn.