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Towe steps down from post with MT hoops

Helped Raiders to three conference titles

March 31, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - After three years on the sidelines with the Blue Raiders, Monte Towe is stepping down from his assistant coaching position with the Middle Tennessee men's basketball program as announced by the athletic department Monday.

The announcement comes after he helped guide the Blue Raiders to a share of the regular season Conference USA title, marking their third-straight regular season conference championship and fourth in the last five years.

"I would like to thank Monte (Towe) for his outstanding contributions to the Middle Tennessee basketball program over the last three years," said MT head coach Kermit Davis. "Our players and staff enjoyed coming to the gym with Monte every day. Monte Towe is an outstanding basketball man and will always be a part of our Blue Raider family. We wish Monte and his wife P.D. all the best."

This year MT posted a 24-9 record and a 13-3 mark in C-USA play. The 2013-14 season marked the third-straight 20-win season for the Blue Raiders. In 2012-13, Middle Tennessee set program records for overall wins and conference wins with records of 28-6 and 19-1, respectively.

"I would like to thank University President Dr. Sidney McPhee, Director of Athletics Chris Massaro and Coach Davis for this opportunity to work at Middle Tennessee State University," Towe said. "I would also like to thank the players that I was able to coach and the fans for their support during my time here. I also enjoyed working with fellow assistant coaches Greg Grensing and Win Case. It's been a great three years for us."

Prior to his time at Middle Tennessee, Towe served as the Associate Head Coach at his alma mater N.C. State from 2007-11. Before that he was the head coach at New Orleans, skippering the program from 2001-06. His coaching career has spanned over 30 years at both the collegiate and professional levels, including stops at Florida and UNC Asheville.

Towe has been on a number of championship teams and competed in the NCAA Tournament numerous times both as a player and coach. The Converse, Ind., native was the starting point guard for the 1974 N.C. State national championship team. The team will celebrate its 40th anniversary of winning the NCAA title at this year's Final Four April 5-7.

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