First Posted: 11/9/2009
DOBSON Surry Community baseball coach Jamie Lowe isnt going anywhere.
Upon arriving at SCC Monday, Lowe was surprised to hear a rumor that he had left the Knights coaching position to become a high school coach in Statesville.
Back in high school again, Lowe said with a chuckle Monday afternoon.
Fortunately for the Knights, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor.
Recently, the Statesville Record and Landmark reported Lowe had accepted the position as the head coach of the Statesville Owls, a new franchise in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, a summer league for current college players.
Lowe said leaving Surry was news to him.
Yeah, I was surprised to hear that, Lowe said of the misconception. They were thinking it was a high school position, but its in the SCBL and is one of nine summer league teams sponsored Major League Baseball. Its going to be some pretty good baseball.
Lowe told the Statesville Record and Landmark what intrigued him about the position was the ability to coach top players in a good setting.
What attracted me to the Statesville Owls was the real sense of community, being part of an organization with a rich history and a city that is ready for the return of baseball, he said.
Lowe said Monday recruiting for the Owls shouldnt be a difficult task, as college coaches from around the country chomp at the bit to find similar teams for their players to play with during the summers.
Im getting them from all over right now, Lowe said. Coaches from all up and down the East Coast are trying to get their kids involved in it and there are only nine leagues sponsored by the MLB and you are looking at all these kids all over the country needing somewhere to play, you can figure its going to be easy to recruit.
Lowe will begin his second season when the Knights take the field this spring, and the former coach of North Forsyth High School said he is very happy in Dobson and wants to make sure his recruits arent misled by rumors or misinformation.
I am still there (Dobson) and I am not going to leave there and I hope my recruits didnt hear this the wrong way, he said. Recruiting is going pretty good. Weve looked at a lot of players. We are getting some of the people we want, we just want to make sure they dont think Im leaving.