He’s third person from his football-focused
family to guide a Catawba County program
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HICKORY – Kyle Lowman, the new head coach at St. Stephens High, considers himself the most “nerdy” of his football-coaching family.
“I am more natured like dad as far as demeanor,” said Lowman, whose teaching contract (math) at St. Stephens was approved on Monday night by the Catawba County Schools’ Board of Education. “Trent’s a little more intense than me.
“I rely most on my instincts. I am more of a teacher … that’s how I approach situations, make them teachable situations.
“Of the three of us, I am the most nerdy… from meetings to podcasts, watching video. I ‘nerd out’ off most everything more so than they did.”
Kyle Lowman has been hired to replace Wayne Hicks, who retired after eight seasons at St. Stephens with a record of 30-56 and one state playoff team (2015).
“I have always looked at St. Stephens as a place that intrigued me,” Kyle Lowman said. “I know some folks there and have lots of respect for (athletic director) Billy Baker.
“They’ve had continuity on their coaching staff and Coach Hicks did a really good job, they always played and prepared professionally.”
The Indians — 2-5 last spring — open the season Aug. 20 at Bandys, where Lowman played wide receiver for his dad in 1996 and 1997. He also played point guard in basketball for the Trojans (two years) and multiple positions in baseball (three years).
He was hired at Bandys in August 2002 and spent 2000-2012 coaching for his dad, 2013-17 with Trent Lowman and 2018 and 2019 with former head coach Tom Eanes.
Kyle Lowman was the Trojans’ offensive coordinator for 12 years (2005-2014, 2016, 2017). He did not coach last season, as he and his wife welcomed a third daughter just 10 months ago.
He had passed up multiple opportunities through the years to become a head coach.
“I think the thing I guess I am most used to is high expectations,” Kyle Lowman said. “On focusing on getting the kids to give their best in everything they do.
“I want us to compete and compete hard … for them to be there for their teammates, pick each other up and get better.”
Kyle Lowman said one of the things he’s most enjoyed about being from a football family was the time he spent with his dad, younger brother and fellow Bandys coaches.
“I’m a real family guy,” he said. “Our family and faith are at the forefront and they (everyone) know that about me.
“Trent and I (still) talk almost every day. He encouraged me in my decision. He believes in me.”
Asked what his dad first said to him when he accepted the position about three weeks ago when St. Stephens principal Kyle Stocks made the offer, Lowman said: “Congratulations and he thinks it’s cool.”
Kyle Lowman has at least 11 more years before he will be eligible to retire from the public schools, and says he can easily see himself going to work on Springs Road until another chapter in life opens.
“I could see that, yes,” he said.