Micheal Lowery was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan. Marquette is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and home to 21,491 people. Marquette is separated from Marathon, Ontario via the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior. Given the close proximity to Canada, hockey is a popular year-round sport in Marquette.
Mike grew up playing for various travel teams in the Marquette Junior Hockey Association. This began a life-long passion for him. As he progressed through the ranks he had many experienced coaches who taught him discipline, team work and sportsmanship. He was taught various different systems and strategies, many of which he employs today.
At the end of his youth hockey career, Mike had a few options available to him. He was offered a connection to play in Italy, a spot on a Division 3 team, an opportunity to play Junior or go to college. Mike attended Michigan Tech University hockey camps growing up and always dreamed of being a Husky. With that dream still in sights, he decided to forgo the other opportunities that were offered and chose to enroll in Michigan Tech University. Mike had hopes of making the Division 1 hockey team as a walk-on.
Fate would have it that a back injury would derail the goal of becoming a hockey player for the Division 1 team, however Mike continued on and made the club team. After successful freshmen and sophomore campaigns, Mike was recruited to play in the Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) for the Calumet Wolverines. The GLHL is an adult full-check amateur league. Many players have collegiate and junior experience.
During his time in the GLHL, Mike began to think about other avenues in hockey. He had acquired a lot of knowledge from his previous coaches along with helping out as an Associate Instructor at a hockey school. The light bulb moment came when his Aunt and Uncle suggested he should coach his cousins Peewee A travel team. This would serve as the start of his coaching career.
Mike would go on to coach Peewee A & AA, Midget AAA and high school hockey. Mike continued to garner interest from various players, parents and organizations brought about by his knowledge, insight and passion for the game. He has coached youth through adult players in team, camp, individual and group sessions.
Mike accepted a coaching position with the Milwaukee Blaze Youth Hockey Association where he will be the head coach of the High School program. Mike is excited for what lies ahead and has intentions of building not only his team, but the association in general, using proven skills, techniques and training that will enhance individual player development. Prior to accepting the Blaze position, Mike resided in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was part of a full-time coaching staff with the Outliers Hockey Academy. Though family matters brought Mike back to the Midwest, the wealth of knowledge that he gained about the sport, the training and the development of players was like something he has never seen and Mike is very appreciative of the people he met while in Salt Lake City.