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“Good Guy” Mike Lowder Steps Down As East Clarendon Girls’ Basketball Coach After Four Seasons Compiling A 67-20 Record, One State Title Along With Two Region Titles

“Good Guy” Mike Lowder Steps Down As East Clarendon Girls’ Basketball Coach After Four Seasons Compiling A 67-20 Record, One State Title Along With Two Region Titles  

By Billy G. Baker

HSSR Publisher & Founder

Turbeville---Mike Lowder, who helped establish the East Clarendon’s girls’ basketball program into consistent winners with a 67-20 over-all record the past four seasons, stepped down as the coach Tuesday (October, 13) in a meeting with athletic director Scott Cook.

“I’ll always remember the 2017-18 basketball season, and how a group of 11 young ladies purposed in their hearts the will to win the state championship after losing in the lower state championship game a year earlier to Green-Sea Floyds in overtime,” said Coach Lowder after his resignation. “I’ll always remember that state championship team and the hard work that those ladies invested into bringing the school their first state championship ever in girls’ basketball.  

“It was a complete team effort up and down our roster and we won a state title with great team unity and it was truly a dominating performance against Timmonsville at the Colonial Center at USC with a fan base cheering the team on,” reflected Coach Lowder.  

Coach Lowder spent one season five years ago as an assistant coach before taking over leadership of the program at the start of the 2016-17 season. His teams, led by junior high school all-American candidate Talaysia Cooper, won the Class A state title in his second year as head coach, advanced to the AA lower state finals the third season before losing to Mullins, and last year the Lady Wolverines finished 22-8 losing in the second round of the AA playoffs against eventual state champion North Charleston.

Coach Lowder has 28 years of head coaching experience and he has had previous coaching stints at Laurence Manning Academy and Wilson Hall where he won three SCISA AAA state titles.

A devout Christian, first and foremost, Coach Lowder is a full- time minister in the New Zion community, and issues and concerns with the needs of a church dominated by an older congregation during a Pandemic were key factors in his decision to step away from coaching to devote more time to his ministry. “We are living in crazy times with this Covid virus going around and the church where I pastor is made up of many fine elderly people and they need my attention and prayers now more than ever,” said Coach Lowder.  “I also have not seen any of my players since our final game against North Charleston back in February with the schools shutting down in March and we were unable to have an open gym during the summer, or attend a team camp, due to Covid-19 concerns.

“I would not rule out a return to coaching in a couple years for one last three to five-year stint but right now I need to step away and devote more time to my ministry,” said Coach Lowder. “I would like to thank East Clarendon Principal Jason Cook and athletic director Scott Cook for the opportunity to coach the girls’ basketball team and I wish the Lady Wolverines all the best this upcoming season.”    

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