Today's Dynamic Team/Coach Preview takes us to Virginia to preview the legendary Coach Tim Lowery and his Cosby Titans. Coach Lowery is one of the best high school baseball coaches in the entire country. He is well respected in the state of Virginia as well as on the summer travel scene as one of the coaches on the 17u Evoshield Canes National squad. Many players have been quoted saying that Coach Lowery throws the best BP! Perfect Game USA sends Coach Lowery to different showcases and events to coach and throw BP. This past year he was selected as one of the coaches for the Perfect Game All American Classic held in San Diego. Coach Lowery has two sons who are high level prospects. His oldest son Jake, was a 4th round selection in the 2011 draft by the Cleveland Indians and his younger son Luke is having a tremendous start to his Junior year at ECU.
Coach Lowery's Titans look to maintain their program standard of winning and making deep state tournament runs in 2015. The Titans graduated a majority of their starters in 2014 but return Seniors MIF (VMI commit) Matt Pitta, 1B/RHP (VMI commit) Jake Huggins and RHP Zach Mort. These three Seniors are poised to lead Cosby in 2015. Also looking to contribute in big ways for the 2015 season is Junior Jake Long. For the Cosby Titians to continue their winning ways in 2015 the newcomers must step up and learn game by game. Look for the Titans to have another winning season with Coach Lowery at the helm in 2015.
Coaches Name: Tim Lowery
High School:Cosby HS
Classification: Group 6 A
School Mascot: Titans
2014 Overall Record: 22-2
Season Ended with: Lost in State Semi Final 3-2
Top returning player:
Seniors Matt Pita, Jake Huggins, Zach Mort
Jake Long 2016
Brief statement about your outlook and expectations:
We will look to regroup with our new comers for this season. We lost many Seniors who were outstanding for our program the last few years. We hope to improve with every game.
Link high school schedule:
www.cosby.mychesterfieldschools.com then click on school calender and it should be there.
How many years have you been coaching, and what got you into the business?
This is my 33 year in public schools teaching. This is my 28th year as a head coach. Previous coaches who were mentors to me as a high school athlete. I wanted to give back.
What would you say the most rewarding thing about being a baseball coach is?
I love the competition of the games, but also the reward of seeing athletes succeed.
How do you balance the time demands of coaching, and being with your family?
It is very difficult. I have an older son who is in the Cleveland Indians organization and it is tough to get away to see him play. The younger one is a junior at ECU playing baseball. At times I feel I have not been there for my own sons. I think they understand, but it takes a toll on you. The internet is amazing thing because it does allow you to watch them. My wife and I try very hard to make time for each other and to see our sons when we can. It really takes a special wife to understand the life style of coaches.
Who is the best player you have ever coached, and who is the best player you have ever coached against and why?
I have several players that fit in those categories my own two Sons were outstanding players Jake & Luke Lowery for me at Cosby each garnishing All State honors. Herman Demmink was another athlete that went on to play at Clemson. Ronnie Shaban is another product of Cosby, that is known a pitcher in the St. Louis organization. Just a few standouts!
What does the term being a good teammate mean to you, and why is it important?
Working hard to improve every day. Have a plan every day to get better. Work to help teammates improve. Be an example of what good is.
What do you think the biggest difference between high school players today versus when you played?
Players are better equipped with knowledge and training.
Who is your favorite coach of all time, and why?
Wade Johnson he really took an interest in my development not only as player, but as individual person.
If you had a day away from the baseball field what would you spend it doing?
Spend the day with my wife.
Who is going to win the College World Series this year, and who is your preseason pick to win the MLB World Series and why on both accounts?
I think Vandy and Va have a good chance to play in the finals.
Cleveland because my son is in the organization!