View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 10/24

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 25, 2016 - 9:39 AM

When Clinton takes the field Friday night it will be looking to extend its season to a 12th game. If it is able to beat Hogan Prep Academy it will mark the deepest playoff run since a trip to the Class 3A semifinals in 1990.

The current 8-2 record marks quite a turnaround for the Cardinals who have struggled in recent years. This new winning has come with veteran coach Bill Lowe at the helm. Lowe took over the program before last season and began to do what he has done best in his 30 plus years as a head coach.

Lowe spent most of his time on the Kansas side until coming to Clinton and on Oct. 7 he recorded his 200th career coaching victory. The Johnson County, Kansas native has spent a lot of time with teams outside of the Metro and all he has done is taking programs that were struggling and turn them into winners.

His head coaching career started in tiny Protection, Kansas where he led his team to an Eight Man state championship in 1983. From there he moved to Baxter Springs where his team made it to the Kansas 4A title game. After stints at Oskaloosa and Marysville he moved to Seaman High School in Topeka. There he took the Vikings to the playoffs five times including a run to the 5A semifinals in 2003. He then coached at Emporia State University as an assistant before returning as a high school head coach at Emporia High School in 2006. His teams at Emporia won two district and one regional championship.

Lowe then came home to the Metro in 2010 as the first head coach of the new Blue Valley Southwest High School that opened that year. It was truly a homecoming for Lowe as he grew up on a farm not far from where the school is located in southern Johnson County. In the program’s second season Southwest made it all the way to the 4A quarterfinals.

No matter where he has gone his teams have been successful and done things the right way. He is great with kids and is always looking out for their best interest. At a time when a lot of coaches are getting out of the profession he has stayed in and the Clinton program is the benefit of his continued dedication.

Congratulations to Bill Lowe on his now 202 career wins and while I don’t know if there will be 200 more, it is great to see him continuing to coach and teach young people.