DOBSON — Surry Community College is searching for a new baseball coach after letting go of Jamie Lowe after seven years.
Lowe, 45, said he had a meeting with school officials after the season and was told he would not be retained as the team was going in a new direction.
The Surry Knights started off the season 1-7, then began to play better. The team finished up March with a three-game winning streak only to lose seven of eight in April. The Knights finished the season 13-26.
Lowe said he felt like he and his staff put together a good run over the past seven years and hates that this season didn’t work out better.
In the Knights’ best season under Lowe, SCC went 42-14 and came one win shy of going to the College World Series.
Lowe graduated from Surry Central in 1988 where he played the big three: football, basketball and baseball.
After earning a degree from Lenoir-Rhyne, he was a teacher in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system for seven years, including five years as head coach at North Forsyth.
During his five-year tenure, Lowe guided the Vikings to a 109-29 (.790) record while capturing five consecutive Metro 4A titles. In both 2003 and 2006, the Vikings reached the NCHSAA Western Regional finals.
The 2006 team finished with a national ranking of 12th by Sports Illustrated and Baseball America while winning 30 consecutive games.
That team included Dustin Ackley, who would go on to UNC and earn the 2007 National Freshman of the Year award. Ackley is now an infielder with the Seattle Mariners.
Lowe has coached numerous players that have advanced to both college and professional baseball. On Thursday, UNC Pembroke announced that former SCC player Wes Helsabeck was joining the Dodgers. Hamilton Bennett was drafted in 2009 and is still pitching in the Mets minor-league system, he said.
For his accomplishments, Lowe was named the N.C. Baseball Coach of the Year Runner-up in 2003 as well as earning Coach of the Year in Region 5 for 2006. Lowe also captured five consecutive Metro Coach of the Year awards from 2002-2006.
In Oct. 2008, he returned home, accepting the head coaching job at the college next door to his old high school.
Lowe thanked to the assistant coaches who worked with him at SCC, especially Shane Worth, who now coaches at South Stokes.
As for what he will do next, Lowe said, “I don’t know. Maybe I’ll sit bck and see where the world takes me.”