Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sharing The Wealth: "Lowe Looks Back in Effort to Go Forward"

The N&O ran a pretty good article today talking about Sidney Lowe's new addition to the NC State program. Wright Wayne, the Pack's strength and conditioning coach during the 1983 National Championship season has accepted the position once again.

"I know he can make our guys better in the weight room, but it goes beyond that," Lowe said. "His vision is being the best, and he can talk to the guys about that, from experience. ... He can tell the players about what it takes, all that we did and how hard we worked [when we won the NCAA title]. And they'll listen." said Lowe

This was a great ready with a lot of good, detailed information, such as this excerpt:

Wayne's focus during the off season was building a strong base of power for the players, while trying to limit the wear and tear on their knees.

He mapped out a 151/2-week summer program where he had them pedaling stationary bikes and sweating on treadmills to increase endurance, with individualized weight programs to build strength.

If you look closely, you can start to see a real trend in Coach Lowe's tenure. He is surrounding the program with proven winners from top to bottom. Whether it be players, coaches, or training staff, Lowe is making sure everyone is dedicated to the same thing...not only winning, but being the best.


9 Responses to "Sharing The Wealth: "Lowe Looks Back in Effort to Go Forward""
  1. Anonymous said...
    August 16, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Glad to see the focus on conditioning. Our team last year seemed to run out of gas. We kicked butt in the first half. Held neutral in the beginning of the 2nd half and generally gave up leads in the last 12 minutes.

    Also our team looked physically less imposing than our competition.

    This shows me Lowe is good at seeing the "weaknesses" he needs to improve and is a very good sign that we can expect continuous improvement.

    Anyone know who was replaced? Had he left the university or did he lose the job?

  2. Eric said...
    August 16, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    ^ Similar question...where has this guy been since 1983? I like the focus, and the winning attitude...want to see if this guy has been winning ever since, or has been hanging out at the ol' moose lodge telling all the other guys in funny hats about his championship years.

  3. Werewolf in Franklinton said...
    August 16, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    In the full article it says Wayne has been working with other teams in NCSU athletics for the last 12 years.

    I agree with the first Anon. conditioning seems to be a big area for improvement for the Wolfpack. Not only did our guys run out of gas late in the game, but visually they lacked the physique of the players on teams that made deep tourney runs. I mean our best player was nicknamed Big Lazy.

  4. Timothy said...
    August 17, 2009 at 7:00 AM

    I just love the fact that Lowe found another way to bring a positive influence to the program. When your school goes three DECADES with little or no success (depending on how you look at it), it's easy for the coaches, players, and even fans to start expecting mediocrity. That's downright dangerous. I like the move, even if it only makes an infinitely small impact.

  5. Anonymous said...
    August 17, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Count me in as one who likes the change. In '83 we had guys that played terribly hard for the full 40 minutes - if he can up our endurance and strength to accomplish only that again then I'm happy. Especially compared to how UN-imposing and slow our guys have looked in recent years

  6. Dof87 said...
    August 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Ageed. There were long first half stretches last season when we were offensively tearing up the other team, so the system works and with depth and conditioning and players more athletically suited to the style, we can keep it going for the entire game. Also, hope to see better late game defense as a result.

  7. Jeff said...
    August 17, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Wright has always been at State, but I guess just not with the basketball team. He was the strength conditioning coach during the 2000-2001 soccer season and I know he was working with som ebaseball and football players then on a one-on-one basis. Good guy, very energetic, and very big into calistenics.

  8. Anonymous said...
    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    "Also, hope to see better late game defense as a result."

    Exactly Dof87. Just that would have made a big difference in some outcomes last season. Things seem to be slowly coming together for Coach Lowe. Really like him and hope he keeps improving the team.

  9. sockerne1 said...
    August 18, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    I was confused when reading this article b/c Coach Wright has been in the program this whole time i thought. Like Jeff said....he was the head trainer in Reynolds back when all of the locker rooms were there (till '04 or so) I know he helped with the bball team while Herb was here. Maybe he stayed with the ladies in Reynolds when the guys moved to W-Brown? Either way, it has to be the players wanting to get better and stronger. Coach Wright is great, but he isnt going to force them to go the extra mile.


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