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AUM’s Lowe to be inducted into Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame

Coach Q.V. Lowe (Photo Source: AUM Athletics) Coach Q.V. Lowe (Photo Source: AUM Athletics)
DOTHAN, AL -

Auburn Montgomery baseball coach Q.V. Lowe will be one of nine inductees in the 2014 Class of the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame Saturday.

Lowe will be joined by Gabe Gross, Mike Helms, Mary Hickman, Jon Johnson, Charles Kelly, Steve Lowery, Terry Sellers and Don Sutton in this year's class at the 22nd Annual induction ceremony and dinner at the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center in Dothan.

Lowe, who started the AUM baseball program in 1987 and will officially retire today, concluded his tenure with the Warhawks with a 1,063-588-5 record, including 21 seasons with 30 or more wins and 13 years with more than 40 victories. He led AUM to three trips to the NAIA World Series finals and won six conference championships. The Warhawks suffered just two losing seasons, his first two years, during his time at the helm.

Under his leadership, 79 student-athletes have earned all-conference accolades, 40 have garnered all-area or all-region honors and 33 players have been selected NAIA All-Americans. In addition, Lowe has coached more than 25 players who have played in some type of professional baseball league.

Lowe was inducted into the Auburn University Tiger Walk Hall of Fame in 1998 and was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2011, he became the first AUM head coach selected to the NAIA Hall of Fame.

Prior to his arrival at AUM, Lowe spent seven seasons as the head baseball coach at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, Ala., where he posted a 179-101 record during his tenure. He also spent time coaching in the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Montreal Expos organizations.

Lowe began playing baseball as a youngster in Ocala, Fla., eventually becoming an all-state pitcher for Ocala High School. He compiled a three-year record of 23-3, including a perfect 10-0 senior campaign.

After high school, he moved on to the junior college ranks, where he posted an 18-5 mark at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. He earned back-to-back All-Conference and All-America honors and helped lead his team to the Junior College World Series in 1965, his freshman season.

Lowe then transferred to Auburn University, where he played for legendary Auburn Head Coach Paul Nix. He finished his two-year career with the Tigers with a 23-3 record, including a sparkling 15-1 mark as a senior. During his final collegiate season, he helped Auburn to the 1967 NCAA College World Series, was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and earned All-America honors.

Lowe still has his name etched in the Auburn record book, holding the Tiger record for lowest career earned run average (1.69) and highest career winning percentage (.885). His 10 complete games during his senior season is tied for the best total in school annals, while he holds the season (5.40) and career (5.87) record for hits allowed per nine innings. Following his standout college career, Lowe was selected in the 19th round of the 1967 Amateur Draft by the Cubs.

Saturday evening's ceremony and dinner are slated to begin at 7 p.m.

INFORMATION SOURCE: AUM Athletics Dept. news release

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