With more than 40 years of baseball experience and more than 1,100 career victories, Q.V. Lowe is the only man AUM has ever known as the leader of its baseball program.
In 1986, Lowe was chosen to build the AUM baseball program from scratch and has answered with a 1,003-539-4 record. In his time at AUM, the Warhawks have made three trips to the NAIA World Series finals and won six conference titles. During his tenure, Lowe has coached 76 all-conference performers, 40 all-area or all-region selections and 32 NAIA All-Americans. In addition, Lowe has coached more than 25 players who have played in some type of professional baseball league.
Lowe’s inaugural program struggled, as the youthful team finished with just an 8-27 mark. However, by his third season at the helm, the Warhawks improved to win nearly 60 percent of their games and have not had a losing season since.
In 1990, Lowe helped the Warhawks to the first NAIA World Series appearance in school history, leading AUM to a 40-26 record and an appearance in the National Championship game. During their magical season, the Warhawks earned the District 27 and Area 5 Championships, while Lowe earned District, Area and NAIA Coach of the Year honors.
Two seasons later, the Warhawks were back in the World Series after Lowe guided the team to the first of four seasons in which AUM won 50 or more games. The Senators finished 1992 with a 50-18 overall record. AUM earned its second District and Area Championship, with Lowe selected the Coach of the Year in each, as well as the Diamond National Coach of the Year.
During the next 13 seasons at AUM, the Warhawks won 40 or more games seven times and averaged nearly 42 wins during the stretch. However, Lowe and AUM were unable to return to the World Series. The Warhawks won five conference championships, while Lowe was named the Southern States Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1995, Louisville Slugger Regional Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998, and the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Coach of the Year in 2000.
In 2006, the Warhawks won both the SSAC and the Region XIII Championship and earned a third trip to the NAIA World Series, where they advanced to the national quarterfinals.
In 2008, Lowe earned his 1,000th career coaching victory, while in 2009, the Warhawks made an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
During the 2011 season, Lowe helped the Warhawks to a 42-19 record and a return-appearance to the NAIA National Tournament. The skipper helped AUM to a 16-2 record in the extremely competitive West Division of the SSAC and a 30-7 record in its final 37 games. For his accomplishments, he was selected the league’s Coach of the Year.
Last year, AUM posted a 38-24 record and recorded his 1,000th victory with the program. The Warhawks advanced to within one game of the NAIA World Series and finished with a 21-9 record in the SSAC. He coached five all-conference performers, including Second-Team NAIA All-American Cody Hall.
Lowe began playing baseball as a youngster in Ocala, Fla., eventually becoming an all-state pitcher for Ocala High School. He compiled a three-year record of 23-3, including a perfect 10-0 senior campaign.
After high school, he moved on to the junior college ranks, where he posted an 18-5 mark at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. He earned back-to-back All-Conference and All-America honors and helped lead his team to the Junior College World Series in 1965, his freshman season.
Lowe then transferred to Auburn University, where he played for legendary Auburn Head Coach Paul Nix. He finished his two-year career with the Tigers with a 23-3 record, including a sparkling 15-1 mark as a senior. During his final collegiate season, he helped Auburn to the 1967 NCAA College World Series, was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and earned All-America honors.
Lowe still has his name etched in the Auburn record book, holding the Tiger record for lowest career earned run average (1.69) and highest career winning percentage (.885). His 10 complete games during his senior season is tied for the best total in school annals, while he holds the season (5.40) and career (5.87) record for hits allowed per nine innings.
Following his standout college career, Lowe was selected in the 19th round of the 1967 Amateur Draft by the Chicago Cubs. After eight seasons in the organization, he opted for a coaching career and landed his first position at Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College in Andalusia, Ala., in 1975.
While at LBW, Lowe compiled a 179-101 record before returning to professional baseball as a full-time coach with the Yankees in 1982. He moved to the Montreal Expos system in 1985, serving as a minor league pitching instructor.
Lowe was inducted into the Auburn University Tiger Walk Hall of Fame in 1998 and was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2011, he became the first AUM head coach selected to the NAIA Hall of Fame, while he was also named the 2007 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year.
Lowe and his wife, Ginger, reside in Wetumpka. He has one son, Josh, who played for AUM for two seasons.
Clay Booth is beginning his first year as an assistant coach with the Warhawk program. During the previous three seasons, Booth worked as a graduate assistant coach with head coach Q.V. Lowe and former long-time associate head coach Marty Lovrich.
In his first three seasons on the coaching staff, Booth helped the Warhawks to a 107-67 record, good for a .615 winning percentage. He has assisted with AUM making two NAIA Opening Round Tournament appearances and has coached eight all-conference performers, two All-West Division selections and one NAIA All-American. Booth, who worked primarily with the catchers as a graduate assistant, also helped current graduate assistant Michael Dugan to three SSAC Gold Glove awards and a pair of all-conference honors.
Booth joined the coaching staff following a successful two-year playing career at AUM.
A member of the 2009 AUM team which advanced to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, he appeared in 80 career games for the Warhawks, finishing with a .291 career batting average. He recorded 12 doubles and four home runs, while driving in 46 runs.
Prior to his arrival at AUM, Booth was a two-year letterwinner at Shelton State Community College, where he helped the Bucs to a fourth-place finish at the Junior College World Series as a senior. During his career at SSCC, Booth posted a .296 batting average with 11 doubles and 41 runs batted in.A native of Tuscaloosa, Booth prepped at Tuscaloosa High School, where he played for head coach Kenny Burns. He is the son of Billy and Tracey Booth. He has one sister, Ashley, and one brother, Brett, who plays baseball for the University of Alabama. He earned his bachelor’s degree from AUM in secondary education and sports leadership in 2010.
Josh Smith returns to the Warhawks for his first season as a volunteer assistant coach, after lettering for the team for two years. During his tenure at AUM, Smith posted a 10-2 record and a 3.96 earned run average in 29 appearances. In 102 1/3 innings, he allowed just 94 hits, while striking out 76. He allowed opponents to hit just .245 during his career. Prior to joining the Warhawks, Smith played two seasons at Enterprise State Community College.
Before entering the college ranks, the Jack, Ala., native was a three-sport standout at Zion Chapel High School, where he holds the school record for career strikeouts, ERA and victories. A 2011 graduate of AUM, Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in human resources and management. The son of Alan and Lisa Smith, he hopes to begin work on his master’s degree at AUM in the fall of 2013.