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      St. Francis de Sales head basketball coach resigns

      Longtime member of the St. Francis de Sales family and head basketball coach, Nick Lowe, has announced his resignation.

      Lowe, who has coached at the West Toledo high school for 18 years, with the last nine as head varsity coach, says he would like to move on to pursue other options. "With having a young family, there comes a time when you have to step back and reevaluate your options and the opportunities of your professional life," said Lowe.

      Under Lowe's guidance, the Knights played their way back into the City League Championship this past season for the first time since 1991. The team finished as a district semi-finalist. Lowe was voted the City League and District Coach of the Year at the end of the 2004-2005 season. He leaves the school having had seven consecutive winning seasons.

      St. Francis de Sales President, Fr. Ron Olszewski, expressed his gratitude to Lowe for his leadership over the past several years. "Nick has run an exceptionally clean and ethical basketball program; there has never been even a hint of any impropriety during his tenure as head coach."

      Lowe began his coaching tenure at the school at the age of 20. Before leading the boys' varsity team, the Central Catholic High School graduate coached St. Francis' freshmen and junior varsity teams.

      "I would like to thank St. Francis and the entire St. Francis family community for the opportunity to lead the Knight basketball program over the last 9 years and especially to work with and watch the young men of St. Francis grow," said Lowe.