September 26, 1980 |
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
|1999–2002||Kent State University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2005–2007||Kent State University (Asst.)|
|2008||Duke University (Asst.)|
|2009–2012||University of Florida|
|2013–||University of Michigan|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Canadian Ladies Amateur Champion (2000)
Female Amateur Golfer of the Year (2000)
MAC Player of the Year (2000)
Jan Dowling (born September 26, 1980) is a Canadian-born American college golf coach and former amateur golfer. Dowling is the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines women's golf team and previously served as the head coach of the Florida Gators women's golf team of the University of Florida.
Early life and education
Dowling was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Bradford, Ontario. She graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with her bachelor's degree in leisure studies in 2002. She competed for the Kent State women's golf team, earning four varsity letters.
During her collegiate playing career at Kent State University, Dowling was recognized as Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 2000. She won the 2000 Canadian Women's Amateur. After graduation, she was also a member of the Canadian national team for the 2002 World Golf Amateur Championships and was a member of the Ontario Amateur Team in 1999. She also played professionally from 2003 to 2005 and competed on the Golf Channel show The Big Break.
The University Athletic Association (UAA) announced its hiring of Dowling as the new head coach of the Florida Gators women's golf team on June 15, 2009. Dowling previously served as the assistant coach for the Duke University women's golf program for the 2008–2009 season, and three seasons as the assistant women's golf coach at Kent State University from 2006 to 2008.
In her first season as Florida's new head coach, Dowling's Lady Gators finished tenth of twelve teams at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship tournament in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and eleventh of twenty-four teams at the NCAA East Regional Tournament in Greenville, North Carolina. In her second year as the Lady Gators' coach, the team showed remarkable advancement, finishing as the tenth best women's college team in the country in the NCAA championship tournament.
Head coaching record
|Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (2010–present)|
|2010||Florida||10th||NCAA East Regional 11th|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- Buddy Alexander
- Florida Gators
- History of the University of Florida
- List of Kent State University alumni
- Mark Bostick Golf Course
- University Athletic Association
- Duramed Futures Tour, Jan Dowling. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
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- GoDuke.com, "Dowling named the head coach of Gator women's golf," press release (June 15, 2009). Retrieved September 14, 2009.
- Robbie Andreu, "Florida hires women's golf coach," Gainesville Sun (June 15, 2009). Retrieved September 14, 2009.
- GoDuke.com, Women's Golf, Jan Dowling: Assistant Women's Golf Coach. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
- "Women's golf finishes 10th at NCAAs," The Gainesville Sun (May 21, 2011). Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- "Jan Dowling Bio". Michigan Wolverines athletic site. Retrieved April 14, 2015.