The Utah Jazz announced today that Sidney Lowe has been hired as an assistant coach, and will join Scott Layden and Jeff Hornacek to complete head coach Tyrone Corbin's coaching staff. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Lowe and Corbin reunite after first working together as players in 1989-90 with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the expansion franchise's inaugural NBA season. Lowe brings significant experience to the Jazz, having begun his coaching career in 1991 with the Timberwolves. The former NBA point guard has spent eight years as a head coach and 10 years as an assistant in the NBA and NCAA. Lowe most recently served five seasons (2006-2011) as the head coach at his alma mater, North Carolina State. Lowe's first NBA head coaching job came at the age of 32, when he was promoted from assistant to head coach by Minnesota midway through the 1992-93 season, remaining there until 1994. Following five seasons as an assistant with Cleveland, Lowe was named head coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies in June of 2000, eventually moving with the team to Memphis before stepping down shortly into the 2002-03 campaign. He also served as an assistant coach under Flip Saunders in Minnesota from 2003-05, and again with Saunders in Detroit in 2005-06, helping lead both the Wolves and Pistons to the Conference Finals. As a player, Lowe was originally selected by the Chicago Bulls with the first pick of the second round (25th overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft and appeared in 193 regular-season games over four NBA seasons with five different teams (Indiana, Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte Hornets and Minnesota) between 1983 and 1990, averaging a combined 2.9 points, 3.9 assists and 1.7 rebounds. In addition to his NBA experience, the Washington, D.C., native also played in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) where he led his team to three consecutive league titles. While at NC State, Lowe teamed with former Jazzman Thurl Bailey to lead the Wolfpack to the 1983 National Championship under the tutelage of the late Jim Valvano. Following his playing career, Lowe's No. 35 was honored by the Wolfpack. Layden enters his 25th season with the Jazz and his seventh as an assistant coach after returning to the franchise prior to the 2005-06 campaign. Layden was the Jazz's director of basketball operations while Corbin played for the Jazz from 1991-94, and the two worked together as assistant coaches for seven seasons (2005-11). Hornacek was promoted to a full-time assistant coach by Corbin on February 14, 2011 and had previously been working for the Jazz as a shooting coach since prior to the 2007 NBA Playoffs. In addition to that time working together, Hornacek and Corbin were teammates twice as players covering parts of three seasons, first in Phoenix during the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons, and again in Utah in 1993-94. Lowe becomes just the eighth different assistant coach for the Jazz since December 1988, joining Phil Johnson, Gordon Chiesa, David Fredman, Kenny Natt, Corbin, Layden and Hornacek.
Brian T. Smith