Bryant Lowe, Kelly Colangelo and Alison Aguilar Join UIC Athletic Staff

Two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Alison Aguilar joins the UIC softball staff

Two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Alison Aguilar joins the UIC softball staff

Aug. 16, 2006

Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago Athletic Director Jim Schmidt welcomed back a few familiar faces on Wednesday afternoon as he announced the hiring of Bryant Lowe as Director of Men's Basketball Operations, Kelly Colangelo as Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach and Alison Aguilar as Softball Assistant Coach.

Lowe, Colangelo and Aguilar are all UIC graduates and former standout student-athletes, as each earned all-conference recognition in their respective sport.

Lowe, who graduated from UIC in 1999, rejoins Head Coach Jimmy Collins as his director of basketball operations.

"I am elated to have Bryant back in the program," Collins said. "His years at UIC were special and we are confident he will do a great job for us in this position."

Lowe was a two-year standout for the Flames after earning All-America honors at Rend Lake Community College.

The 6-foot-5 forward was a team captain on the 1997-98 UIC squad that won 22 games and gained the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth, earning All-Midwestern College Conference First Team accolades after averaging 15.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. In his first season with the Flames, Lowe was named to the MCC's All-Newcomer Team.

Lowe comes to UIC after spending the last three years as a manager for the Aldi Corporation. Prior to his work there, Lowe served as a Recreational Supervisor for the Alsip Park District and as a substitute physical education teacher and part time basketball coach at PAEC High School.

Colangelo graduated from UIC in 2001 and returns this season to join Head Coach Nancy Mueller's staff as an assistant coach.

"Kelly will bring a sense of stability to the team," Mueller said. "She is very hungry and eager to learn, as well as being extremely effective in the gym.

"With her personality, the players are really going to respond to her in a positive way and she will be a great role model for our student-athletes."

Colangelo comes to UIC after spending 2005 as the head coach at NAIA Robert Morris College. She served as a Physical Education and Health instructor while aiding the boy's and girl's volleyball teams at Marist High School prior to that appointment, and also spent time as the head instructor for Elite Volleyball Camp in Chicago.

Colangelo began her playing career at Purdue University where she competed for three years, before transferring to UIC to finish out her career. With the Flames, she was named team captain and garnered all-conference accolades.

A decorated pitcher for UIC during her playing days, ace hurler Aguilar returns to the softball program, joining Co-Head Coaches Tom Gray and Sarah O'Malley-Fisher as an assistant coach.

"Alison was a tremendous competitor for our program as a player and it is great to have her back on our staff," said O'Malley-Fisher.

"She brings a sense of pride and an understanding of what our program has been built on and will be a valuable asset for our players, our program, and our athletic family here at UIC."

Aguilar, who completed her degree in 2005, comes to UIC after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's College in California. She began her coaching career in Maryland, where she assisted Division II Washington College in 2005 and helped the squad improve in every statistical category.

Aguilar was a two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year and two-time All-Great Lakes Region honoree during her playing career at UIC and still holds six career and five single-season school pitching records.