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Matt Lowers steps down as head coach at University of the Cumberlands

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Matt Lowers, head coach of the University of the Cumberlands men’s wrestling program, has announced he is leaving the program after four seasons, the Kentucky-based school announced Wednesday.

Lowers, who had taken the helm of the Patriot men’s mat program in July 2010, had built on the program’s success in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). During his time at UC, Lowers coached 5 NAIA All-Americans including Larone Madison, a two-time All-American, and Courtney Freeman, NAIA National Championship finalist. Lowers led the Patriots to a 23-23 mark in dual meet competition.

Numerous Patriots also won the NAIA East Qualifier tournament under the tutelage of Coach Lowers. During his time at UC, Lowers coached 8 All Mid-South Conference selections, 9 Academic All-Conference athletes, 1 Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year, 1 Mid-South Conference Wrestler of the Year, 4 NAIA Scholar Athletes, and 5 NAIA All-Americans.

"I am sorry to see Matt leave, but I understand his desire to further his education,” said UC’s Vice-President of Athletics Randy Vernon. “He has done an excellent job with our wrestling program and he will be missed. I wish him nothing but the best in whatever path his future takes him."

"We will begin our search immediately to find the next wrestling coach for our university," Vernon continued. "We will have a good nucleus of players returning and I look forward to another successful season in 2014. We want our players to know that we will do everything we can to find the best fit for our team and for University of the Cumberlands."

University of the Cumberlands is located in Williamsburg, Kentucky near the Tennessee border. The school has a total enrollment of 4,300 students, according to the school’s official website. The Patriots compete in the NAIA. Cumberlands also has a separate women's intercollegiate wrestling program.

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