VERMILLION, S.D. – South Dakota track and field honored former Vermillion High School coach and athletic director Bob Lowery with the Dan Lennon Award during the Dan Lennon Invitational held at the DakotaDome on Monday. He is the 25th recipient of the award.
Lowery coached cross country and track and field at VHS for 17 years, serving nine of those years as the school’s athletic director. During his tenure, he led the Tanagers to the 1983 Class A state boy’s cross country title and the 1984 Class A state boy’s track and field title. He also coached 14 individual state champions and five relay champions. He was named the state’s Athletic Director of the Year in 1994.
Lowery left VHS to join the staff of the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) in 1994, becoming the head administrator and rules interpreter for football, wrestling, cross country, golf and track and field. He retired from the SDHSAA in 2012, but is still a registered track and field official for the SDHSAA. He has also served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach for Pierre High School during his retirement.
Lowery and his wife, Diane, have four children and five grandchildren.
Courtesy: USD Jarrod Tell