Lowry comes to UVU from Utah State where she recently completed her first season as an assistant coach with her alma mater. While there, she helped lead the Aggies to a 13-3-6 record, a share of the Western Athletic Conference title and its second consecutive berth in the NCAA tournament.
"I am very proud to have coach Lowry joining our program," said seven-year head coach Anderson. "I've known her for a number of years as both a player and a coach and I feel that she will be an outstanding mentor for our student-athletes as they strive for success. Alyssa will bring an array of coaching strengths and abilities along with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the game. As we make the transition to the WAC her experience as both a player and coach in the conference will be a great asset to our team."
A native of Draper, Utah, Lowry was a standout defender for USU from 2005-08 and started every match from her sophomore season on. She was a team captain her junior and senior years and was instrumental in helping the Aggies claim the regular season WAC title in 2008. Lowry collected second team All-WAC honors during her senior campaign.
She was also an all-conference performer in the classroom, earning academic all-conference honors in 2007 and 2008, as well as a selection to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Scholar team.
After the achievement of her master's degree in 2012, Lowry returned to USU to join the coaching staff under head coach Heather Cairns. With her strong background in defensive tactics, she helped the Aggies lead the WAC in goals allowed at just 0.59 goals per match.
Lowry's other responsibilities while in Logan included training organization and strategy implementation, game day operations, travel arrangement and recruiting.
Lowry holds a bachelor's degree in communications, as well as a master's degree in health and human movement.
"This is a really exciting step for me to be joining a growing program and one that has experienced so much success over the last few seasons," Lowry said. "Coach Anderson has done a great job with the program and I feel this is a tremendous opportunity for both the team and myself personally to continue to build and progress as we make the transition into the WAC next season."
Anderson's staff now includes Lowry and three-year assistant coach Tasha Bell, who is stepping back into a volunteer assistant role while she continues her education.
"Coach Bell will be pursuing some educational opportunities this fall, but thankfully she will continue to be a part of our coaching staff," Anderson said. "Her contributions to our team have been tremendous and I am happy that she will be able to continue with us."
The 2013 Utah Valley women's soccer season gets underway on Aug. 23 when the Wolverines travel to El Paso, Texas, for a meeting with UTEP.
Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.
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