HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 9 area head coaches are local products

Published Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Kyle Lowman (left), named Monday as head football coach at St. Stephens High, is one of nine current head football coaches who are from local school systems. He’s pictured at East Surry — where his younger brother Trent (center) is head coach — and with his dad, Randy Lowman (right). Randy Lowman played and coached at Bandys./EAST SURRY PHOTO



With Monday night’s hiring of Kyle Lowman at St. Stephens and Albert Reid at Bunker Hill, there are now nine high school head football coaches in the area who also played at an area school.


Three of the nine are products of Bandys, two each from Freedom and South Caldwell, and the others are at Alexander Central, Maiden and North Lincoln.

The list includes two who played wide receiver – Lowman at Bandys and Will Byrne at Maiden – and one quarterback, Casey Justice of South Caldwell.

There are three second generation coaches in the group – Lowman (Randy Lowman), Sam Mackey (John Mackey) at Hibriten and Maiden’s Byrne (Fred Byrne).


A list of the head football coaches in the Greater Hickory area whom are products and/or former players from local school systems, with their school in parentheses:

Alexander Central – Butch Carter (South Caldwell)

Bandys – Jason Barnes (Bandys)

Bunker Hill – Albert Reid (Freedom)

Hibriten – Sam Mackey (Bandys)

Hickory – Joe Glass (Freedom)

Maiden – Will Byrne (Maiden)

North Lincoln – Nick Bazzle (E. Lincoln)

St. Stephens – Kyle Lowman (Bandys)

South Caldwell – Casey Justice (S. Caldwell)

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