Tom Dowling (American football)

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Tom Dowling
Sport(s) Football
Playing career
1957–1960 Georgetown (KY)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1972
1973–1976
1977–1983
1985–1995
Georgetown (KY) (assistant)
Georgetown (KY)
Liberty
Cumberland (KY)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1995–2002 Mid-South Conf. (commissioner)
Head coaching record
Overall 111–107–4
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Tom Dowling is an American football coach best known for his stint as head coach of Liberty University in the 1970s and 1980s. A graduate of Georgetown College, Dowling coached for over 30 years on the collegiate level.

Playing career[edit]

Dowling played football for Georgetown College serving as co-captain of the 1960 team. He also won the KIAC championship in the shot put while competing for the track team.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Dowling began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Georgetown College. After four successful seasons he became the third head coach at Liberty Baptist College (now called Liberty University). He led the Flames in their transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II in 1981.[2]

After Liberty, he moved on to start the football program at Cumberland College (now called University of the Cumberlands) in his home state of Kentucky.[3]

Later life[edit]

Dowling currently is retired after most recently serving as commissioner of the Mid-South Conference from 1995 to 2002.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NAIA#
Georgetown Tigers (NAIA) (1973–1976)
1973 Georgetown 3–6
1974 Georgetown 7–2 16
1975 Georgetown 6–4 17
1976 Georgetown 7–2–1 11
Georgetown: 23–14–1
Liberty Flames (NAIA Independent) (1977–1980)
1977 Liberty 3–7
1978 Liberty 4–5–1
1979 Liberty 9–1–1 18
1980 Liberty 7–3
Liberty Flames (NCAA Division II Independent) (1981–1983)
1981 Liberty 1–9
1982 Liberty 7–4
1983 Liberty 2–9
Liberty: 33–38–2
Cumberland Indians (NAIA) (1985–1995)
1985 Cumberland 1–9
1986 Cumberland 3–7
1987 Cumberland 7–3
1988 Cumberland 10–1
1989 Cumberland 7–3
1990 Cumberland 7–2–1
1991 Cumberland 4–5
1992 Cumberland 3–7
1993 Cumberland 2–9
1994 Cumberland 5–5
1995 Cumberland 6–4
Cumberland: 55–55–1
Total: 111–107–4
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pikes Alpha Lambda Alumni Association Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Liberty Football History". Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Liberty Coaching History". Retrieved 2007-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Georgetown College Hall of Fame Bio". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 

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