Sidney Lowe has completed his staff with the official hiring of University of New Orleans Head Coach and former Wolfpack great, Monte Towe. (Link at Pack Pride)
Lowe’s staff has ultimately taken the exact form that we reported as ‘rumors’ on May 5th. You can click on this link to see our comments on May 5th. Additionally, this link from May 18th brings together a lot of our coverage on the basketball staff and also includes some good conversation from the community.
Towe & Pete Strickland met with the media on Friday and created some media coverage.
* This link will take you to Pack Pride who has posted audio of their comments on the internet. The comments are definitely worth a listen.
* State has a pillar in Towe from the News & Observer
With plenty of college coaching experience, Towe can help in multiple areas, but he made it clear “this is Sidney’s gig.” The assistants talk regularly via phone with Lowe, who is expected to get here in early July.
Although the staff hasn’t settled on a system for next year’s team, there has been talk of fast-breaking and offensive freedom in the halfcourt. That was the tempo and style Towe, David Thompson and Tommy Burleson flourished in under former Wolfpack coach Norm Sloan in the halcyon years.
* You can click here for Greensboro’s News & Record coverage:
While Towe serves as a connection to State’s glory days of the ’70s, Strickland is a bridge between State’s past and present. He finished DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., four years ahead of Lowe and would return home from Pittsburgh to coach Lowe on DeMatha’s summer league teams. While Strickland was playing at Pitt, he was a friend and teammate of Larry Harris. Their relationship was one thing Strickland brought up to Lowe when he was making his pitch to join Lowe’s staff.
Edited from the comments section in a previous entry:
There is NO DOUBT in my mind that our new staff is a significant upgrade from the one that is leaving.
Archie may have some nice family ties in the sport, and he may have ton of upsideâ€¦but, he is still quite inexperienced and perspective/experience of the college game has been exculsively shaped by Herb Sendek. There has to be some discount there, doesnâ€™t there?
Archie was also young and still maturing. I once heard him take some cracks at Coach Amato and the football program. I donâ€™t care about your personal opinion on the different coaches â€” if you are a coach employed at NC State then you DO NOT criticize other coaches of other sports at NC State. I lost a lot of respect for him on that.
Never cared or respected Mark Phelps as a coach (or as a human being). What a lucky guy to parlay a high school gig of coaching Kenny Inge and Damon Thornton into a college job for so long!
I donâ€™t know the answerâ€¦so I am legitimately asking who Phelps ever recruited to State other than Engin Atsur (a unique situation coming from Turkey) and Mike O’Donnell. I am sure some others, but it didn’t seem like talented kids out there who weren’t coached by Phelps in high school were lining up to play for him at State. Behind the scenes, I heard stories that he often was focused on reasons to blame for their lack of success – excuses and ancillary things to blame.
I am sure that he did as good of a job as he could for us. But, is Phelps’ “good job” comparable to the job from experienced head coaches like Monte Towe or Pete Strickland?
Similar to Archie’s limited exposure to other college coaches, Phelps was a high school coach who only has worked for Herb Sendek. That didnâ€™t seem to be a great fit for NC State.
Assistant 1 – Harris = Harris
Assistant 2 – Strickland > Phelps (100 out of 100 times)
Assistant 3 – Towe > Archie (an experience mis-match. A Point guard on an NC State team that won a National Title that is one of the greatest teams in the history of college basketball who also 30 years of coaching experience inlcuding stints as a head coachâ€¦or a point guard on string of NC State teams that never made an NCAA Tournament and has been an assistant for a couple of years?)