Mark Lowry Hopes for Immediate Impact with El Paso USL
This afternoon, El Paso USL executives presented Mark Lowry as the team's inaugural head coach for the 2019 season.
Some fans thought today's announcement would be for the team name, but per MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford, the name will be released soon.
“This city is waiting for a team to call their own... we can give you a team that you can call your own,” Lowry said.
The Birmingham, England native joins El Paso fresh off his stint with Jacksonville Armada FC (NASL) from 2015 through 2018. He started there as an assistant coach, then was named the interim head coach, where he eventually took the reigns as head coach in October of 2016. Lowry, 32, was with Orlando City Soccer Club (MLS), where he was an assistant coach for the u23 team. Lowry was also a Player Scout and Academy Coach for the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and served as a Player Scout for the Birmingham City FC.
"Jacksonville understood I had bigger ambitions," Lowry said. "We can now start conversations with players and start creating our depth chart. The time we have on our side, we don't want to rush it. We want to bring the best possible team to El Paso."
Lowry commended El Paso's love for the sport of soccer, saying the fans are special in the Sun City. His main emphasis was entertaining the audience, wants to be a contender in the league and start a winning culture in El Paso.
He was also familiar with El Paso's first player signing in Omar Salgado, who is an El Pasoan himself.
"Pleased that we made that signing," Lowry said. "He’s from the city and he’s going to be hungry. Can’t wait to get working with him.”