“I’m really pleased to add Peter Lowry to our program as an assistant coach,” said Cooper. “Peter brings great knowledge of the WCC, having played in the league and earning Player of the Year honors. His success at every level and playing experience as a professional is invaluable and should provide a good perspective for our players. He has been around a lot of good coaches, both in college and the pros, that have helped him shape his coaching style and philosophies. He has a great demeanor and I think our players will really connect well with him.”
Lowry lettered four seasons as a midfielder at Santa Clara University and was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year, a first-team all-league selection and first team All-America as a senior. He was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and was selected as a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
“I am very excited to join Coach Cooper, Chris Brown and the Saint Mary's men's soccer program,” said Lowry. “I am looking forward to jumping right in, contributing my experiences to the guys and helping to continue the success and growth of the Gaels men's soccer program.'”
After graduating from SCU in 2008 with a degree in finance, Lowry was selected in the second round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire. He spent four seasons in MLS, finishing his career in 2011 with the Portland Timbers.
During his professional career, Lowry started 22 of his 27 match appearances and scored five goals, including the match-winner in a late season contest against Columbus that kept the Fire in playoff contention. As a rookie in 2008, he led the Fire in scoring in MLS Reserve Division play with five goals and three assists over 12 matches.
As a professional Lowry saw action against several well-known international sides, such as Mexico’s Club America, West Bromwich Albion from England, AFC Ajax from the Netherlands and Polish club Legia Warsaw.
A native of Fair Oaks, Calif., Lowry registered a successful youth career, earning prep All-America honors at Bella Vista High School and leading San Juan Soccer Club to the 2003 national title. He was a member of the U.S. U18 and U23 National Team pools.
Lowry will assist in all aspects of the Saint Mary's men’s soccer program including recruiting, camp development, fundraising, team academics and day-to-day field training.
Check out Lowry's goal for the Chicago Fire (about 1:13 into the video):