New Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry recorded 40 victories over the past three regular seasons at El Paso Locomotive FC, leading the club to the third-best record in the league in 2021. | Photo courtesy Ivan Pierre Aguirre / El Paso Locomotive FC
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Tuesday the appointment of Mark Lowry as the club’s new Head Coach. Lowry becomes the fourth permanent Head Coach in club history as he joins the side after a successful three seasons at El Paso Locomotive FC in which he led the side to three consecutive postseason berths and two Western Conference Final appearances in the club’s first three campaigns.
“In Mark Lowry, Indy Eleven has found a coach who will be as passionate about connecting with and contributing to our community as he will be to strengthening our club on the field,” said Indy Eleven President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw. “While still a relatively young coach, his impressive results speak volumes both as a tactician and a leader, and we cannot wait to see those traits put into action.
“We believe the process of finding our next head coach was worth the considerable due diligence taken in recent months, which involved interest from more than 250 candidates from across the soccer world. We firmly believe in Mark’s ability to again make Indy Eleven one of the elite USL Championship competitors on the field and burnish our credentials as one of the league’s premier organizations.”
Lowry lands in the Circle City after a three-season stint with Locomotive FC, which he guided to a 42-19-29 record in USL Championship regular season, USL Championship Playoffs, and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action from 2019-21. The 36-year-old native of Birmingham, England, improved Locomotive FC’s record across each of their first three seasons, the first two of which culminated in back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final of the USL Championship Playoffs. Lowry’s 40 regular season victories over those three years rank as the fourth most amongst USL Championship coaches across that span.
“I want to put on record my sincere gratitude to El Paso Locomotive FC for the last three years. I had a wonderful time and will always be thankful for what they gave me,” said Lowry. “Looking forward, it’s an honor to be named Head Coach of Indy Eleven. It’s a club with an impressive history and one I’m familiar with dating back to the NASL days.
“I’m excited for the challenge of getting the club back to where it belongs, fighting for championships and towards the top end of the table. It’s what this fan base deserves, and you have my word I’ll work hard every single day to instill a winning culture and a culture of high standards that embody what it means to represent Indianapolis and the Eleven brand.”
During El Paso’s recently concluded 2021 campaign, Lowry led Locomotive FC to an impressive 18-4-10 record that easily clinched the Championship’s Mountain Division title and marked the third highest point total across the 31-team league. Lowry earned the Championship’s Coach of the Month honor in July, which coincided with the club’s 23-game home undefeated run that stretched over a calendar year and was, at one point, the longest such streak in North American professional soccer.
Prior to El Paso, Lowry became familiar with Indy Eleven as a member of the Jacksonville Armada FC coaching staff. Lowry began his head coaching career as the interim boss of the then-NASL side in August 2016 before a positive run of results helped him shed the interim tag by that October. Following the 2017 NASL season, Lowry stayed on to lead Armada FC during their 2018 season in the NPSL’s Sunshine Conference before moving to USL Championship circles as the first head coach of Locomotive FC.
Lowry also spent four seasons in the Orlando City SC organization, spending time with both their Academy system and U-23 entry in USL League Two. Prior to Orlando, Lowry gained extensive experience as a player, academy coach, and scout in the English professional system. Lowry was a player scout and academy coach for English Premier League (EPL) side Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in 2009 and a player scout for Birmingham City FC in 2007 and 2008, also then in the EPL. He currently holds his UEFA “A” coaching license.