Jack Lowry has been named Maine Wild's new Head Coach.
Lowry, who spent two years with the Wild as an assistant coach, will take over for Head Coach Mike Tenney. Tenney has accepted a position as an Associate Coach in the NAHL team.
Lowry is excited to become Head Coach of the Wild, and bring his experiences of navigating the world of junior, college and pro hockey to the organization.
Having 15 full scholarships to play college hockey, Lowry played two and a half seasons at Boston College. He signed a contract with the Washington Captials and played internationally for a short period of time before realizing he would probably never make it to the NHL. Returning home, Lowry played junior hockey, and then finished his junior and senior years at St. Francis College – now University of New England. Upon graduating, he started coaching immediately.
"I have made some mistakes in my hockey career," Lowry said with a laugh. "I look forward to guiding young players through what I went through. Coaching, I knew I was going to run into kids who had goals and aspirations to get to the higher level, but for me it's more about teaching them to love the game for the right seasons."
Lowry coached locally in high schools for many years before stepping away to take on less responsibility. Biddeford Youth Hockey asked him to become involved in coaching their U16 team, which was less of a time commitment. Lowry then heard the Maine Wild was looking for some help with the organization and contacted Tenney.
"I've been having a blast," he said. "I've always wanted to coach a team with 25 kids who aspire to get to the next level, whatever it might be, to see them be the best they can be. When I coached with Mike last year, the team was full of those type of kids. My vision is to be able to get 25 kids and work with them. I know how hard I worked and hte mistakes I made when I was their age. I want to help them if they really want to get there."
Lowry knows that next season won't be without its challenges.
"I'm nervous, but I think the recruiting piece will become easier … I've spent a lot of time in Massachusetts talking to players and families about the program. Though there won't be too many returners next year from this season – it will maybe be a few veterans – I'm looking for 8-10 junior hockey veterans who understand it, and then I'll fill in the roster will newer kids. Hopefully that veteran leadership will point it in the right direction," he said.
And if that plan comes together, Lowry knows the Maine Wild can come out on top.
"If we do that and we can finish in the top 2-4 teams in the conference, we will be a tough team to play in the playoffs," he said.
Lowry can't wait for the Wild's first game of the next season, when he takes the bench as Head Coach of the Wild.
"I'm just so excited about it," he said. "I can't say enough about how Mike Tenney has mentored me. He's shown me a lot. I wish it was late August right now. There is a lot of work to be done between now and then but I'm excited."