The Gloucester High School hockey team will have a new head coach on the bench for the first time in nearly a decade for the 2014-15 season.
Don Lowe, who has coached the Fishermen over the last nine seasons, confirmed yesterday that he has stepped down as head coach.
Lowe, 64, had his share of highs and lows as head coach. He won the program’s third state title in 2006, his first year at the helm, and captured a pair of Northeastern Conference titles in 2006 and 2008. But recently the program has fallen on tough times, winning just 20 games over the last three seasons and not qualifying for the postseason since 2010.
“I had a great time and I coached some great kids,” Lowe said. “But the last couple of years haven’t been up to my expectations. Maybe a different voice will make a difference on the ice.”
In his nine years Lowe averaged just over 10 wins a season, finishing with a record of 97-74-24. That includes an 8-3 mark in the state tournament.
Lowe has long been involved with the Gloucester hockey program as he was a standout defenseman in his playing days and he went on to play collegiately at UMass. He has been with the varsity program for more than a decade: nine as head coach and a handful more as an assistant under both Denny Egan of Beverly and Dana Knowlton, while serving as the program’s junior varsity coach for six seasons.
Lowe was also an assistant coach on the 1993 team that brought home the program’s first state championship.
The Fishermen had a great run of success under Lowe from 2006-2008 and were widely seen as one of the best programs in all of Division 2. In that time span, Gloucester compiled a record of 51-12-7 while winning eight state tournament games. The 2006 team rattled off five straight wins en route to the Division 2 state title, culminated with a 2-1 overtime win over Coyle-Cassidy in the state final at TD Garden on a goal from Tom Salah.