Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Case for Q.V. Lowe

 

 

He's one of the greatest pitchers in Auburn history, holds some incredible records, and yet, to some Auburn fans, he goes unnoticed. He's Q.V. Lowe and he deserves to be honored on Auburn's Outfield Wall of Fame. Lowe pitched just two years for Auburn (1966-1967) put his mark still comes through whenever a fan leafs through a media guide or Tiger record book.

  • 1.69 Career ERA
  • 10 Complete Games in 1967
  • 23-3 Career Record
  • .885 Career Winning Percentage
  • 5.87 Hits per Innings Pitched 1966
  • Career 5.87 Hits per Innings Pitched
  • 15-1 Record in 1967
  • All American Honors
  • 123 ks in 128 Innings in 1967
  • Led the Tigers to the 1967 College World Series
  • Enshrined on Auburn's Walk of Fame

Those are just the numbers (and a few honors) for Lowe. For most players, that alone should be enough to warrant induction because I don't think Auburn will anyone as dominant as Lowe was for a long, long time.

Still, there's something else that separates Lowe from most and that's his connection to Auburn through our sister school, AUM (Auburn University-Montgomery). Football might be king on the plains, but at AUM, it's baseball who wears that crown and Lowe is the man to thank. He took the Senators program and built it from scratch, earning NAIA Hall of Fame Honors and over 1,000 Career Victories over the years:

Back in 1986, Lowe was hired at AUM to start a baseball program. While winning is always a focus of any great coach, in the early days Lowe's thoughts were consumed with building a proper ballpark, recruiting and raising private funds to help run the program. Thanks to Lowe's tireless work ethic, all those details worked themselves out. He raised the money to build the field and to run the program.
And, according to assistant head coach Marty Lovrich, Lowe has never had a problem recruiting.
"He's great in so many areas, but you have to really look at his recruiting to see how we got here," Lovrich, a part of Lowe's AUM staff since 1990, told the Montgomery Advertiser. "You bring a kid in, they meet Q.V., the parents meet him and they call back two weeks later ready to sign. Everyone loves the guy. Everyone respects him for the man he is and the coach he is."
Lowe's recruiting prowess helped the AUM program mature quickly. The first three teams --- in 1987, 1988 and 1989 --- won seven, 19 and 28 games, respectively, with the 1989 team making the Senators' first postseason appearance.
Then, in 1990, the Senators exploded onto the NAIA scene with a 40-win season and a surprising postseason run that ended just short of a national championship when the Senators dropped the title game, 9-4, to Lewis-Clark. Since then, there have been no losing seasons and Lowe's Senators have made NAIA World Series appearances twice more --- in 1992 and 2006.

AUM is a powerhouse and it's Lowe's guidance that got them there:

After his collegiate playing days, Lowe played eight seasons for the Chicago Cubs and later coached in the Yankees and Expos organizations. He also spent eight seasons as the head coach of the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College baseball program.

...During his tenure, he has captured 923 victories, led the Senators to nine conference or independent region championships and made four trips to the NAIA World Series. Lowe has coached 70 all-conference players and 35 NAIA All-Americans.

Lowe was awarded the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1990, after his team was runner up at the NAIA World Series. He was inducted into the Auburn University Tiger Walk Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2007, he was named the Alabama Baseball Coaches Collegiate Coach of the Year.

He's touched lives and is still ticking:

“The numbers of lives touched by Q.V. Lowe’s leadership is uncountable,” Crotz said in an Auburn-Montgomery press release. “He has not only helped players in our program at AUM, but countless individuals during the year with various aspects of the game of baseball. A coach is often measured by his impact and the bond developed with his current and former players. Coach Lowe is the epitome of success and is very deserving of the highest honor the NAIA can bestow on a head coach.”

Lowe pointed out that more than the record, he was proud of the men that have left the Senators baseball program.

“Because of the baseball program, it’s safe to say is one of the top in the NAIA,” said Lowe. “If you called around to some of the other coaches they’d tell you that we are extremely competitive and most folks will tell you they’ve enjoyed playing us. When you come in here and start a program, you want to have one that’s clean. And you want the men on the team to get an education and make sure they are good for the community and will leave here and be good fathers and husbands and are good in the community. I hope that we’ve accomplished that and I think that being elected into the hall of fame shows that.”

 

It's because of Lowe's impact on the field while at Auburn and the legacy that he's built in Montgomery that he should be honored in the outfield with Gregg Olson, Frank Thomas, Tim Hudson, and Bo Jackson.

3 comments:

Zack April 13, 2011 at 7:50 AM  

His Driver's license says "Quonly Vonly". That's a joke his friends tell. Really his license does say Q.(only) V.(only).

Oldcoach April 13, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

I've known Q.V. for 30 years and I agree wholeheartedly that he needs to be recognized at AU

Anonymous October 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM  

I played four years for QV and the experience meant more to me in the "real world" than any class that I took. He is loyal to his players, loyal to his standards and loyal to the game. Any honor bestowed upon QV has truly been earned and he hasn't been honored enough.

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