Thomas Dowler

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Thomas Dowler
Thomas Dowler.jpg
Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1903-07-03)July 3, 1903
Erie, Pennsylvania[1]
Died December 6, 1986(1986-12-06) (aged 83)
Fulton County, Georgia
Playing career
Football
1930–1931

Basketball
1928–1931

Baseball
1930

Colgate


Colgate


Colgate
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1935
1939–1940

Basketball
1934–1937
1939–1940

William & Mary
Akron


William & Mary
Akron
Head coaching record
Overall 10–13–5 (football)
30–43 (basketball)
Statistics

Thomas Moran "Spook" Dowler[2] (July 3, 1903 – December 6, 1986) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player and coach of football and basketball. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary in 1935 and at the University of Akron in 1939 and 1940, compiling a career college football record of 10–13–5. Dowler also coached the William & Mary men's basketball team from 1934 to 1937[3] and the Akron Zips men's basketball team in 1939–40, tallying a career college basketball mark of 30–43. Dowler played football, basketball, and baseball at Colgate University. He played with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the NFL for 2 games in 1931.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

William & Mary had not yet joined an athletic conference during Dowler's first two seasons as head basketball coach, but for his third and final season, the Tribe had become a member of the Southern Conference. Dowler holds the dubious distinction of being the only men's basketball coach in school history to guide his team to a winless season. The Tribe went 0–13 in conference play and 0–18 overall during the 1936–37 season. Dowler went 21–29 over his three years at William & Mary.[3] He finished his one-year stint as basketball coach at Akron with a 9–14 record.

Head coaching record[edit]

Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
William & Mary Indians (Virginia Conference) (1935)
1935 William & Mary 3–4–3 1–1–1 1st
William & Mary: 3–4–3
Akron Zippers (Independent) (1939–1940)
1939 Akron 5–4
1940 Akron 2–5–2
Akron: 7–9–2
Total: 10–13–5

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