McKowen to be named Upper Iowa hoops coach

FAYETTE – Former Northern Iowa guard Brooks McKowen will be named the 18th head coach of the Upper Iowa University men’s basketball team at a press conference this morning at the school’s Upper Iowa Student Center Ballroom.

McKowen is a native of Fairbank and a Wapsie Valley High School graduate who played four years at Northern Iowa before beginning his coaching career. McKowen was a graduate assistant at UNI for two years and video coordinator for another. He spent one year on the staff at Des Moines Area Community College before becoming the assistant coach at Southwest Minnesota State University.

After two years on staff at SMSU, McKowen is getting his first chance at becoming a head coach at Iowa’s only NCAA Division II program.

McKowen averaged 6.7 points per game during his four seasons at Northern Iowa.

He was named Mr. Basketball by the Iowa Newspaper Association following his senior season at Wapsie Valley in 2003, during which he scored the state’s all-time record of 1,002 points in a season. His record of 2,831 career points as a prep still stands atop Iowa’s all-time list.