Todd Lowrie has played under some of the greatest minds to have ever coached the game.
He started his NRL career under the guidance of 2001 premiership winning coach Michael Hagan.
He enjoyed a premiership victory of his own under Craig Bellamy’s tutelage in Melbourne and spent a season under Matthew Elliott at the Warriors.
During his two seasons in Brisbane he learnt from Anthony Griffin and Wayne Bennett before retiring to coach the Knights 20s.
He took the Jersey Flegg side to a grand final last year before handing the team over to Scott Dureau.
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“I’ve been pretty lucky to have played under some very successful coaches,” Lowrie told the Our Town Our Team podcast.
“I like to think I have taken what I believe to be the best attributes from all those different coaches.
“I suppose the few things you do learn along the way is how you don’t want to be, as a player I saw a lot of attributes I didn’t want in myself as a coach.”
One method Lowrie isn’t a proponent of is the classic ‘blow-up’ or ‘spray’.
He liked to take a more measured approach to his feedback but that doesn’t mean release a verbal barrage can’t achieve a purpose.
He recalls being on the end of a mighty mouthful from Bellamy after one game.
“I remember copping one off Craig once,” Lowrie said.
“I can’t remember exactly what it was for.
“But I remember thinking to myself, ‘I’ll never do that again’."
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It was Lowrie’s time at the Storm where he likely learnt the most.
Not all of it was Bellamy’s doing either.
He recalls witnessing the dedication Billy Slater had towards his training.
“Billy would always be the last one out there on the field,” Lowrie added.
“And he was doing stuff not just for the sake of doing stuff, but actually doing it to want to get better.”