USL Moves: Mark Lowry hired to coach El Paso in 2019 launch

Englishman Mark Lowry has left the Jacksonville Armada to become the head coach of the USL expansion team that will begin play in El Paso in 2019.

“Mark has a proven track record in coaching and team management. He’s progressive and he has an innate ability to relate to players both on and off the field which is essential for a successful soccer club,” said El Paso GM Andrew Forrest. “We think Mark is one of the best and brightest young coaches in the United States and he brings a wealth of top flight knowledge from his international training and experience to our organization.”

Lowry first came to the United States from England to work for Orlando City with its PDL and academy teams. He joined the Armada as an assistant coach in 2016 and was then promoted to interim coach, and later head coach, after Tony Meola was fired.

He also coached the Armada in the NASL in 2017 and NPSL in 2018, the first and second years of a three-year contract.

"Our hope was that Lowry would stay with the team for the duration of his contract and continue to build a winning tradition for the Armada FC," said Armada GM Nathan Walter. "Unfortunately, he has requested that he be let out of his contract early to pursue another coaching opportunity. We have granted that request."
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