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Lonnie Blow Named Head Coach At St. Augustine's

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: April 24, 2012
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April 24, 2012

NORFOLK, VA--Lonnie Blow, an assistant coach at ODU the last two seasons has been named head coach at St. Augustine's where he was named Division II National Coach of the Year after leading the Falcons to the CIAA Championship and to the NCAA Tournament with a 27-5 record in 2010.

" Lonnie's experience here at ODU has been top notch quality. You hope somebody comes in and friendships and relationships occur. There's contribution in a real good way and there's growth. I think the return to St. Augustine's with a very attractive offer on their part indicates that Lonnie has grown, has given us two very good years of service and has a very good plan for the future. I couldn't be happier for Lonnie." - Blaine Taylor. "Going back to St. Augustine's College is an exciting opportunity for me to go back to a familiar place. It's a chance for me to stabilize the program and get it to where we are perennial contenders year in and year out for championships and things like that. I am excited about the opportunity to be a head coach again and run my own program. It's been a great two years at ODU, I leave this program a lot better coach than I was when I came here. I have learned so much from Coach Taylor and his staff and I want to thank him for the opportunity given me to be a part of this basketball family. Just being a part a high major level program has been very rewarding for me." - Lonnie Blow

St. Augustine's compiled a 27-5 record and returned to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in 13 years. Blow compiled a 46-15 record in two seasons at the Raleigh, NC. school. The Falcons closed the season with the program's best winning percentage since the NCAA began compiling the school's statistics in 1975. The CIAA Champions ranked third in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region and 23rd nationally in the NABC coaches poll.

Statistically, Blow's St. Augustine's squad ranked third in the nation in rebounding (42.8) and number one in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.358).

Honors such as these are not rare to Blow who prior to coaching college was the head boys basketball Coach at Granby High School from 1995-2005, and the men's assistant coach at Maury High School from 1984-1995. At Granby, he coached the boy's team to the Virginia AAA State title and was named AAA State Coach of the Year in 2000. In 2001, Blow led Granby to the Virginia AAA State semifinals. He was Named Eastern District Coach of the Year in 2001, 03 and 04, while earning Eastern Regional Coach of The Year honors in 2000 and 2001.

Blow served as an assistant coach at Norfolk State University from 2006-08 and at Hampton University from 2005-06 where he coached four All-MEAC players and a MEAC Tournament MVP. Hampton won the 2006 MEAC title.

Before entering the coaching profession, Blow was an outstanding college basketball player from 1979-82 at Virginia Wesleyan College. Blow was named Dixie Conference Player of the Year during the 1980-81 season. He was also a two-time All-American and All-South Atlantic Region selection, and a three-time All-Dixie Conference player, including two selections to the first team.

Blow is Virginia Wesleyan's third all-time career scorer with 1,574 points. He shares the Virginia Wesleyan single game scoring record of 40 points against St. Andrews in 1981. He still holds the single season record for points with 625 in 1980-81. That same year, he made 281 field goals which is also VWC single season mark. Blow was inducted into the Virginia Wesleyan Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Lonnie was a First Team All-Tidewater selection at Frederick Military Academy and led the area in scoring during the 1977-78 season with a 31.1 points per game average. Lonnie also served as Coordinator for the Summer Youth Programs at ODU from 1992 to 2001.

In 1996, Lonnie saved a small child from a burning hours. That same year, he was honored by carrying the Olympic Torch and received the Andrew Carnegie Award that same year. Blow received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Wesleyan College 1982 with a degree in sociology and criminal justice. Blow is married to Donna Maxine and has an adult son, Kenneth.

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