Monte Towe

Monte Towe (born September 27, 1953)

Teams coached: New Orleans Privateers
New Orleans record: 70-78 (.473)
Overall record^: 70-78 (.473)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2011-2014 Middle Tennessee (asst)
2006-2011 NC State (assoc. HC)
2001-2006 New Orleans
1999-2001 Santa Fe CC
1996-1999 UNC Asheville (asst)
1995-1996 Chipola CC
1994-1995 Sioux Falls Skyforce (asst)
1980-1989 Florida (asst)
1978-1980 NC State (asst)

Monte Towe Facts

  • Monte Corwin Towe
  • Born September 27, 1953
  • Hometown: Converse, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: North Carolina State University (BA, 1975)
  • Graduated from Oak Hill HS in Converse, IN and went on to play for head coach Norm Sloan at NC State
    • Started at PG for the 1973-74 Wolfpack team that won the National Championship; Towe was named All-ACC
    • Played with Hall of Famer David Thompson at NC State; the two of them are credited with popularizing the “alley oop” play
    • In 1975, Towe won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the best player in college basketball under 6’0″ tall
    • Inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Drafted by the Denver Nuggets (ABA) and Atlanta Hawks (NBA) in 1975, electing to sign with the Nuggets
    • Played two seasons in Denver alongside Thompson for head coach Larry Brown; was an ABA All-Star in 1976
  • Started his coaching career in 1978 as an assistant under Sloan at his alma mater; worked there for two seasons
    • Followed Sloan to Florida in 1980 and worked with the Gators as an assistant coach for nine seasons
  • Coached professional basketball for a few years, spending time as the head coach of the Raleigh Bullfrogs (1991-92) and Fayetteville Flyers (1992-93) of the short-lived Global Basketball Association and of Marinos B.B.C. in Venezuela (1993)
    • Returned to the US in 1994 and spent one season as an assistant with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the CBA
  • Was the head coach at two different junior colleges: Chipola (FL) in 1995-96 and Santa Fe CC (FL) from 1999-2001
    • In between, he spent three seasons as an assistant under Eddie Biedenbach at UNC Asheville
  • Hired as the head coach at New Orleans in 2001, leading the Privateers to a 70-78 overall record in five seasons at the helm
  • Left UNO in 2006 to become the associate head coach for Sidney Lowe at NC State; Lowe was a player for the Wolfpack during Towe’s second season (1979-80) as an assistant under Sloan
    • NC State went to two NITs but no NCAA Tournaments in five seasons under Lowe and the staff was let go in 2011
  • Towe then joined the coaching staff of Kermit Davis at Middle Tennessee as an assistant coach
  • As of 2021, Towe is serving as the head boys’ basketball coach at his Oak Hall Academy in Gainesville, Florida

Monte Towe Coaching Tree

  • coming soon


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only