Legion Collegiate Academy Athletic Director Strait Herron has announced the hiring of former professional pitcher Devon Lowery as the head baseball coach for the new dual enrollment public high school that is scheduled to open in September.
Lowery spent eight seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization, including one season with the parent club in 2008. He has over 13 years of experience playing, coaching and providing baseball instruction, including time in the Royals farm system. Most recently, Lowery coached both baseball and football at Clover High School while also serving as a teacher’s assistant. Additionally, Lowery trains baseball players ranging from eight years old to the professional level at his pitching school. Lowery previously served as the head coach of Lincoln Charter High School and coached at South Point (NC) High School and for the Gaston Braves American Legion team.
"I am very excited to have Devon Lowery leading the baseball program at LCA because he is a true man of character along with being an outstanding baseball coach,” said Herron. “The plans that he has for our baseball program are such that any elite program would want. I look forward to watching him develop and guide our elite baseball program."
Lowery was drafted out of South Point (NC) High School by the Kansas City Royals in the 14th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. After seven years in the minor leagues, Lowery made his major league debut with the Royals in September of 2008.
After retiring in 2011, he started his coaching career in the Royals farm system. He was the pitching coach for the Idaho Falls Chuckers before leaving professional baseball behind in 2013 to return to Gaston County (NC) to be closer to family. As a professional pitcher, Lowery appeared in 187 games, started 61 games, and finished with a 30-30 record and 22 saves while compiling a 3.96 earned run average.