It seems fitting to lift up Colton Lowery as the I Choose Newport! in this issue. Fall is most notably Greyhound Football season and Colton is the newest addition to the coaching staff. Colton joins the staff as an Assistant Greypup Football Coach and Assistant Basketball Coach. He is a 2009 graduate of Newport High School and a Greyhound through and through.
After graduating from NHS, Colton continued his education at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, but later transferred and completed a Bachelor’s Degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. His career began in Newark coaching the Timberwolves. When a position came available at Newport, Colton quickly applied and was relentless in his pursuit of a career opportunity at his alma mater.
When asked of his fondest memory growing up in Newport, Colton recalls how much he loved Newport High School and being part of the Greyhound Football Team. “I think of my teammates every day and cherish the time spent with them, as well as the coaches.” Colton grew up influenced by his grandparents Johnny and Carolyn Lowery. “My family and the coaches truly made a great impact on my life. My grandmother Carolyn Lowery and my brother Austin Pry are no longer with me, but while on this earth, they encouraged me to always do the right things in every situation. I wanted to make them proud.” Growing up without a father in the home, Colton credits his grandfather Scotty Lowery and Uncle Scott Lowery as father figures who helped guide him.
Colton loves the game and knew that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people. “Coaching is more than winning ball games. It is an opportunity to mold young men and women into better people than they were before you met them,” explains Colton. Education is the way to do just that. “My coaches Greg Brannon and Benny Reynolds had a huge impact on me,” states Colton. “Coach Brannon recently invited me to church with his family and continues to encourage me to excel. Now I am working with Coach Reynolds and he has taken me under his wing and constantly offers a supporting word.”
The future is a mystery, but Colton has a ten year plan. “Ten years from now I would like to have a family of my own, a little peewee player or cheerleader, or both. I would like an opportunity to be a coordinator on the Greyhound Coaching Staff in the future. This is my last career stop. I have told several people that if I have my way, the coaching position at Newport will be the last I apply for,” smiles Coach Lowery with sincerity. He loves this small town, the history and the people.
Colton has few hobbies outside of his career. He is an avid Razorback fan and enjoys spending time with friends. “I don’t have many hobbies, but anytime I can spend time with family and friends, then it is a good day.”