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Kara Lowery enters her fifth season with the Penn State women’s soccer program in 2017. The 2017 campaign marks her second season as the director of operations and performance leadership with the Nittany Lions. Lowery served as the director of operations during her first three seasons at Penn State.
Lowery’s roles at Penn State include: leadership/player development programming, daily operations, team travel and youth camp.
Prior to joining the Nittany Lions, Lowery was previously an assistant coach for the Lock Haven men’s and women’s soccer programs for three seasons.
While at Lock Haven, Lowery helped guide the men’s team to the 2011 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular season crown. The Bald Eagles earned Daktronics All-America, NSCAA All-Region and PSAC All-Conference honors during Lowery’s three years.
Lowery served as the top assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma from 2008-10. As an assistant with Oklahoma, she helped direct all facets of the program and helped recruit a nationally ranked 2010 recruiting class. She also helped direct the Sooners’ summer soccer camps.
Prior to her time with the Sooners, she was an assistant coach with the University of Kansas from 2005-08. While at KU, the Jayhawks never finished below fourth in the Big 12.
At Emporia State, Lowery was named the 2004-05 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Coach of the Year. In 2004, she led the Hornets to a 10-8-2 record, marking the first winning season in the four-year history of the program. ESU placed third in the MIAA and climbed as high as fifth in the NSCAA/Adidas Central Region rankings.
From 2000-04, Lowery served as the head coach at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, for four seasons. Under her guidance, the team was able to advance to the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament all four seasons and to the NAIA Tournament in 2001.
Lowery got her coaching career start as an assistant at Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, from 1998-99.
She holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” coaching license.
Lowery was a four-time All-American and four-time captain at NAIA Southern Nazarene University. She helped Nazarene advance to two NAIA National Tournaments. Lowery was a three-time All-American and two-time All-Region player. She graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 1997.