“We knew there was a strong possibility that I would receive a phone call in regards to becoming the next girls’ varsity soccer coach [at Cartersville High School],” Lowe said. “It was just a matter if I wanted to stay retired or get back into coaching.”
He and his wife discussed the opportunity that presented itself immediately after receiving the anticipated phone call from Katherine Bradley, the school’s vice principal and athletic director.
“He [Roger] was my first choice,” Bradley said.
“Kay knew I loved coaching, and to be it was a blessing that I could not say no to,” Lowe added.
A breath of fresh air seemed to have swept throughout the school’s hallways and every classroom as teachers and students quickly learned who would be the next girls’ varsity coach.
The fresh air swept away the black cloud that had developed when Sean McDermott, a math teacher at the school since August and the heir apparent to coaching the girls’ soccer team this year, had his contract terminated based on an ethics violation.
Lowe was formally introduced as the new girls’ coach at a meeting held Thursday in the school’s media center.
“The enthusiasm I saw in the girls today was incredible,” he said. “I am very excited about the prospects of having a very successful season.”
It is the same enthusiasm that Lowe saw in his players last year.
Last year, Lowe was the head junior varsity boys’ soccer coach and an assistant to D.J. Paradis, who coached the boys’ varsity soccer team, when he was asked to take over the girls’ soccer team just as the season was about to begin.
“It took us about four games before we began to play well and for the chemistry to finally kick in,” Lowe said. “After that, it turned into a great season.”
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