Assistant Coaches Jason Lowe & Erwin Van Bennekom on the Crimson Tide Connection
Alabama assistant coach Jason Lowe enters his fifth season at the Capstone in 2013.
Lowe is instrumental in the development of the backline and goalkeepers. Off the field, Lowe coordinates the recruiting efforts, handles the academics and manages the Prozone match analysis.
On the recruiting trail, Lowe has helped bring in talent that has earned three SEC All-Freshman team honors and a NSCAA All-Region selection over the past two seasons. The recruiting classes continue to pile up the accolades as the 2012 class was ranked No. 13 nationally and tops in the SEC by Allwhitekit.com. Four players on the current roster sport youth national team experience for their respective countries.
In goal, Bernier closed out her career as one of the top goalkeepers in school history. Lowe's tutelage helped Bernier etch her name on six school records. For her efforts, Bernier garnered All-SEC second team honors, becoming the first player in school history to be tabbed to the all-conference squad all four seasons.
Year two under Lowe saw even more accolades accumulate for the the Tide goalkeepers. Bernier became the second player in Alabama history to earn NSCAA first-team all-region honors. She also became the first Tide player since 1999 to be named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team. Despite being only a junior, Bernier broke the school records for shutouts and saves in a career.
In Lowe's first season on the bench, Bernier flourished under his tutelage, leading the SEC in saves per game and ranking second in total saves en route to being named to the All-SEC second team.
Lowe came to Alabama after serving as an assistant women's soccer coach at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., one of the nation's top Division III programs.
"Jason has a broad range of experience that benefits our program in a variety of ways," says Bramble. "Certainly our goalkeepers will continue to improve through his training, but his abilities aren't just limited to that area. He has a great mind for the game, is passionate and is a tremendous addition to the university community."Â?@
"Coach Bramble has a strong and clear vision for the future of Alabama soccer and I am excited to be a part of it," says Lowe. "This is a university with such a prestigious athletics history. Hearing his vision for Alabama soccer and seeing the first-class resources that the athletic department has put in place for the program, it is clear that we are building something special here in Tuscaloosa."
Prior to coming to Alabama, Lowe spent two seasons with the Emory women's soccer program as the team's goalkeeper coach. Lowe guided first-year starter Sarah Wilkerson to an NSCAA/adidas All-South Region selection. Wilkerson's 0.54 overall goals-against average was the 23rd-lowest in Division III in 2008, and the eighth-lowest single season average in school history.
During his first season with the Eagles, Lowe helped senior goalkeeper Emily Fedeles achieve first-team all-UAA honors, an eighth ranking nationally in goals-against average (0.33) and a 10th-national ranking in save percentage (0.894). Emory reached the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament and the round of 16 in 2007.
Lowe also served as the director of goalkeeping for Tophat Soccer Club from 2006-09. In that time, the club's goalkeepers have led their respective teams to four Georgia State championships, two Region III Premier League championships and seven appearances at the 2007 Southern Regional Championships. In 2008, Lowe was the head coach of the Tophat 07 Gold (U19) team that won the Georgia state championship and reached the regional finals.
Lowe began coaching with the Twin City Youth Soccer Association in 2000, coaching the 88, 86 and 85 Lady Twins in addition to training the club's goalkeepers. He then moved to Connecticut, where he was a staff coach with the Connecticut Football Club and coached the U12, U13 and U14 CFC Wolves until he moved to Atlanta in 2005.
Lowe holds his USSF A License and his USSF National Goalkeeping License.
Lowe graduated in 1998 from Wake Forest University with a degree in business and was a goalkeeper on the men's soccer team. He returned to Winston-Salem in 2000 and earned his MBA at the Babcock Graduate School of Management in 2002.