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JV Coach's Profile: Rich Lowe, Sweet Home

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High School: Sweet Home
Why did you enter the coaching profession?
Because I love the game and I wanted to give back to the game that has given so much to me!
What is your philosophy in coaching?
I believe that hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard!  You can never take anything for granted...prepare yourself and your team week after week as if it is the only game you'll ever play!
What brings you the most satisfaction in coaching?  
Seeing my athletes succeed in the classroom as well as on the playing field.  
What were your most memorable moments in coaching high school football?
Some of my most memorable moments are those spent training with the kids on the off-season.  Every week in the summer I take a group of kids to the Niagara Gorge to run the Devil's Hole trail.  That, and the countless hours in the weight room is where the greatest team bonding occurs!
What is your role as a JV coach?
To give our student athletes the foundation they need to be successful on varsity and in life (character, discipline, work ethic, intensity, etc.)
What were the best teams you have coached?
Probably our 2007 JV squad (future 2009 State Championship Team).  They were the epitome of TEAM.  When we lost our QB (Pat McMahon) to injury, the team rallied around his replacement to finish the season undefeated.  Their 5-year record from 8th- 12th grade was 49-0-1.  It doesn't get much better than that! 
What was your proud or memorable moment in playing football?
My most memorable moment as a player was in 1993 when we opened UB Studium against the University of Maine.  We drove 83 yards to go ahead with 1 minute remaining (unfortunately our KO team blew the coverage on the ensuing kickoff).   
What was your greatest win in coaching high school football?
The 2012 Far West Regional comeback victory over Eastridge...absolutely insane!
Who was your mentor? 
Brian Wilson (Depew Head Coach).  He was my offensive line coach at UB from 1990-1993.  He taught me how important technique is!
How many years have you coached football?
15 years at Sweet Home and 6 year in youth football. 

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