First African American head basketball coach (2006 - 3/2011)
Sidney Lowe served as the first African American head coach of the NCSU men’s basketball team. Lowe was the starting point guard for NC State’s 1983 basketball team, which won the national championship. From 1991 to 1993, Lowe served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lowe later served as the head coach of the Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies. In March 2011, Sidney Lowe resigned from his head coach position at NC State. In a statement to the Technician Lowe declared, "This is my school. I love this school. I poured my sweat for our years here and gave it my best. It was my hope and dream to come back here and do something special again."