Wake Forest University held its annual Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 16.
Jason Lowe started as an assistant coach for the Wake Forest women's soccer program in 2014 and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2017 season. Lowe has made an incredible impact on the Deacon defense, as the 2017 team had one of the best defenses in the ACC. Wake Forest’s 0.67 goals against average and 14 goals allowed finished third in the league and was among the best in program history. The Deacs also had 11 shutouts, the most since 2011, before Lowe’s time with the team. Lowe was crucial in the development of keeper Lindsay Preston, who finished third in the conference with a .811 save percentage and fourth with a 0.70 goals against average her senior season en route to All-ACC honros. Also in 2017, the Deacs surrendered just 12 goals in regular-season play, their lowest goal total since before Lowe in 2011. After joining the team in 2014, Lowe helped the Demon Deacon defense take a big step forward from year one to year two of his tenure, as the team's goals-against average dropped from 1.63 to 1.16, as the team allowed six fewer goals despite playing two more games. The offense also improved from Lowe's first to second season, recording higher totals in goals, assists, points, shots, and shots on goal. Lowe joined the Demon Deacons after serving as an assistant coach at Alabama for five seasons, specializing in the development of the back line of the defense as well as the goalkeepers. He is a 1998 alumnus of Wake Forest and also served as a goalkeeper in the old gold and black for the men's soccer squad from 1994-97. During his time with the Crimson Tide, Lowe also acted as the recruiting coordinator and had a large amount of success. In the last two seasons, his recruits have gone on to earn three SEC All-Freshman Team honors and an NSCAA All-Region selection. In addition, the 2012 recruiting class was ranked 13th nationally and was the top class in the conference that year. Under Lowe's tutelage, former Alabama goalkeeper Justine Bernier earned six school records and was the first player in school history to earn All-SEC honors in each of her four seasons. In 2010, Lowe's second season with the Crimson Tide, Bernier broke the school records for career saves and shutouts despite being only a junior and became Alabama's first All-SEC First Team selection since 1999. Prior to coming to Alabama, Lowe spent two seasons with the Emory women's soccer program as the team's goalkeeper coach. Lowe guided first-year starter Sarah Wilkerson to an NSCAA/adidas All-South Region selection. Wilkerson's 0.54 overall goals-against average was the 23rd-lowest in Division III in 2008, and the eighth-lowest single season average in school history. During his first season with the Eagles, Lowe helped senior goalkeeper Emily Fedeles achieve first-team all-UAA honors, an eighth ranking nationally in goals-against average (0.33) and a 10th-national ranking in save percentage (0.894). Emory reached the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament and the round of 16 in 2007. Lowe also served as the director of goalkeeping for Tophat Soccer Club from 2006-09. In that time, the club's goalkeepers have led their respective teams to four Georgia State championships, two Region III Premier League championships and seven appearances at the 2007 Southern Regional Championships. In 2008, Lowe was the head coach of the Tophat 07 Gold (U19) team that won the Georgia state championship and reached the regional finals. In addition to receiving his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest, Lowe also earned his MBA at the Babcock Graduate School of Management in 2002.