TRINITY WESTERN BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW HOCKEY COACH

Dwayne Lowdermilk

MEN’S HOCKEY
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013
PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TRINITY WESTERN BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW HOCKEY COACH

LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western University announced Friday that the Department of Athletics will not be renewing Spartans’ hockey coach Dwayne Lowdermilk’s three-year contract as head of the men’s hockey program.  

“Dean of Human Kinetics Dr. Blair Whitmarsh and I believe that it is important to make this move now so we can immediately begin the process of hiring a new coach for the upcoming 2013-14 BCIHL season,” commented TWU Director of Athletics Murray Hall. “Trinity Western owes a big thanks to Dwayne the pioneer. He came in and helped us cut our teeth in the burgeoning BCIHL. Under his leadership the TWU Titans made a successful transition to the TWU Spartans. We are grateful for the time and effort that Dwayne has put into TWU hockey and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Lowdermilk, who has guided the Spartans over the last three seasons, commented: “I’ve had a great time and had great kids to work with.”

Lowdermilk also coached the TWU Titans in the BCIHL during the 2009-10 season. In summer 2010 the Titans made the transition from a club program at Trinity Western to a varsity program and changed their title from Titans to Spartans.

TWU was part of the six post-secondary institutions that launched the BCIHL in 2006.

Trinity Western will immediately begin the search for a new head coach.

For more information on the Spartans Hockey coaching position contact: Carol Hofer, Assistant Director of Athletics – Administration at hofer@twu.ca.

About TWU:
Trinity Western University is a Christian University of the arts, sciences, and professions, legislated by British Columbia to serve the public. Recognized for quality, TWU is consistently ranked among the top two universities in Canada for Educational Experience by the National Survey of Student Engagement; holds three Canada Research Chairs; wins National Championships in CIS sports; and emphasizes experiential learning to prepare graduates to make a global impact. TWU offers 42 bachelor’s degrees, 16 graduate degrees, and adult degree-completion programs. A vibrant community committed to educating the whole person, TWU has been developing leaders of character and competence for 50 years.

About Dwayne Lowdermilk:
Over the past four years, Lowdermilk helped the Trinity Western men’s hockey team – the last three years as the Spartans and the year before, 2009-10, as the Titans – to an overall regular season record of 30-55-11 and a playoff record of 2-4.

As a player, Lowdermilk developed a passion for hockey when he was six years old. His desire took him all the way to the NHL where he played two games and 34 exhibitions games.

As a defenceman Lowdermilk played a pair of games for the Washington Capitals in 1980-81. He was an offensive minded blueliner who put up big numbers in junior and enjoyed a solid minor pro career.

Born in Burnaby, B.C., Lowdermilk played in the BCJHL with the Langley Lords before spending two-and-a-half years in the WCJHL with the Kamloops Chiefs and the Seattle Breakers. After scoring 28 goals for Seattle in 1977-78, the young blueliner was chosen 51st overall by the New York Islanders at the Entry Draft.

Lowdermilk played two years with the Fort Worth Texans and Indianapolis Checkers of the CHL before he was sent to the Caps for future considerations early in the 1980-81 season. He recorded an assist in two games for the club then spent most of the next two years in the minors before retiring in 1982.

The former NHLer has an extensive coaching background that has seen him coach at many levels for the past 36 years.

In 2008-09 Lowdermilk was the assistant coach and part owner of the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the PIJHL.
Prior to that, in 2007-08, he was the assistant coach for the Hope Icebreakers in the PIJHL.

In 2006-07, he was the head scout for the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the KIJHL and an assistant coach for the New Westminster Whalers of the WHA, working with former NHLer Garry Unger.

During his first tenure at TWU, Lowdermilk also owned and operated Lowdermilk Hockey Schools from 1986-1991.

In addition to his coaching, Lowdermilk developed and operated the National Training Rinks (NTR) from 1986-2004 with 10 rinks across Canada as well as training many instructors a system for teaching hockey. He also developed 3-on-3 pond hockey to teach athletes how to make them faster and think the game.
 
He has written and published a book on A to Z Hockey Development for associations to have coaches prepare and plan yearly programs and next level skills and development to players.

Lowdermilk is also a participating partner of the Vancouver Canucks Alumni and a member of PuCKS charity.

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Last Updated: 2013-03-08
Author: Scott Stewart