Monte Towe - Associate Head Coach (NC State '75)
30th season in coaching *3rd season at NC State
The starting point guard on NC State's 1974 national championship team, Monte Towe returns to his alma mater for his second stint on the Pack's staff, this time as the associate head coach. Towe's career as a player and as a coach has stretched 30 years, across two continents and has reached every level. He spent 14-years as an assistant at three Division I institutions and in the Continental Basketball Association before earning his first head coaching job.
Towe returns to NC State after serving the previous five seasons as head coach at the University of New Orleans, the fourth-longest tenure in school history. While with the Privateers, Towe guided his squad to a 70-78 overall record, including a berth in the Sun Belt Conference Championship game in 2004.
After a pair of 15-14 campaigns in his two initial seasons, Towe and the Privateers recorded a 17-14 mark in 2003-04, advancing to the conference title game for the first time since 1996. Behind the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year, Bo McCalebb, New Orleans won five of a school-record seven overtime games before falling in overtime to Louisiana-Lafayette in the game that held an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. With only two players returning from that squad, UNO finished 13-17 in 2005.
UNO went 10-19 during the 2005-06 season, following the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. The team spent the fall semester at the University of Texas-Tyler after being displaced by Katrina, and after returning to New Orleans, UNO played its home games at the Human Performance Center because of damage to Lakefront Arena. Also, guard Bo McCalebb, the nation's fifth-leading scorer in 2004-05, was lost for the season after four games with a broken hand.
A standout guard with the Wolfpack (1972-74), Towe was the starting point guard for the 1974 national championships team. As the floor leader, Towe helped the Wolfpack to a double-overtime win over UCLA, 80-77, in the national semifinals. NC State then went on to defeat Marquette, 76-64, to claim the schools first national championship. Towe was named to the All-Eastern Regional team and the Final Four All-Tournament team.
Towe played beside David Thompson and Tommy Burleson, leading NC State in assists all three of his seasons in the red and white. A 1974 All-ACC selection, the Wolfpack posted a remarkable 79-7 overall record during his three-year career, including a 57-1 stretch from 1972-73 (27-0) and 1973-74 (30-1). The Wolfpack won two ACC titles in 1973 and 1974, and Towe did not lose a conference game until his senior season.
Following his senior season, Towe was selected as the Frances Pomeroy Naismith winner, an honor that annually selects the top player in the nation who stands less than six feet tall. He was also honored as a first-team All-America selection in both 1973 and 1974 on the UPI Small Team, and in 1975 he was a Converse Small Team All-America selection.
Towe also played for the Wolfpack baseball team under the legendary Sam Esposito, joining the Pack on the diamond after the basketball season in both 1972 and 1974. He started 29 games at second base during those two seasons, including helping the Wolfpack win the ACC Championship in 1974. That season along with Tim Stoddard, Towe participated in the NCAA Tournament in two different sports.
After college, Towe was drafted by the NBA's Atlanta Hawks (4th round/57th overall) and by the ABA's Denver Nuggets (29th overall). He played two seasons for Denver under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.
He then returned to NC State to serve as an assistant coach under Sloan for two seasons (1979-80). During those two seasons the Wolfpack went 38-20, including a NCAA Tournament appearance in 1980. He was a member of the staff that recruited Sidney Lowe, the Wolfpack's new head coach, to NC State in 1979.
After his two seasons at NC State, Towe then followed Sloan to the University of Florida, where he spent six seasons as an assistant coach (1981-86) and three as the associate head coach (1987-89). During his tenure at Florida, Towe helped the Gators to a record of 150-131. Florida made three NIT Tournaments including the Final Four in 1985-86, three NCAA Tournament appearances from 1987-89, and won its first SEC Championship in 1989 as well. During those nine seasons, the Gators posted three 20-win seasons and six consecutive winning seasons (1984-89).
After leaving Florida, Towe worked as general manager and head coach in the Global Basketball Association for the Raleigh Bullfrogs, then with the Fayetteville Flyers. He also coached the Marinos de Oriente team to a championship in the Professional Basketball League of Venezuela. He was an assistant coach with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the Continental Basketball Association under head coach Flip Saunders, who is now the head coach of the Detroit Pistons. Towe also served as head coach and athletics director at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla.
Towe returned to the Division I level in 1997 and served as an assistant coach at UNC Asheville under Eddie Biedenbach, who had been an assistant coach for the Wolfpack during Towe's playing days. UNCA won back-to-back regular season league championships in 1997 and 1998.
After three seasons at UNCA, Towe accepted the head coaching position at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., where he spent two seasons. There he led the Saints to a 46-21 overall record and two Mid-Florida Conference Tournament Championships. In 2000-2001, Towe led the Saints to a 26-8 overall mark, the third highest win total in school history.
Towe lettered three years at Oak Hill High School in Converse, Indiana. He also lettered in golf, football and baseball. The Marion, Ind., native was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in March 2002, and his number '25' jersey was honored and hung in the RBCCenter rafters in January 2002.
Born September 27, 1953, Towe's wife is named P.D. He received a B.A. in sociology from NC State in 1975.