Sunday , Apr , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Lowery takes over at Southern Illinois

Carbondale, IL (Sports Network) – Southern Illinois announced Sunday that
men’s basketball coach Chris Lowery has agreed to a seven-year, $750,000 per-
year contract extension.

Lowery has led the Salukis to a 78-26 mark in three seasons, while extending
their consecutive run of NCAA Tournament appearances to six, one of just 12
schools currently with that claim. SIU advanced to the Sweet 16 this past

“I am flattered by the University’s offer, and it’s desire to keep me as head
coach,” said Lowery. “I’m also extremely grateful for the support of our fans
and alumni. Working together, our future remains very bright.”

Lowery originally had signed a four-year contract worth $180,000 per season in
2004, before which he spent three campaigns as an assistant on Bruce
Weber’s staff at both Southern Illinois and Illinois.

Lowery played point guard at Southern Illinois from 1990-94 and helped the
team to two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 1993 and 1994. During
his career at the school, he scored 1,225 points and dished out 391 assists.