Jan Dowling

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Jan Dowling
Sport(s) Women's Golf
Biographical details
Born (1980-09-26) September 26, 1980 (age 36)
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Playing career
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[edit]

Dowling was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada,[1] 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.[2] She competed for the Kent State women's golf team, earning four varsity letters.[3]

Playing career[edit]

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.

Coaching career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Dowling became head coach of the University of Michigan's women's golf team in May 2013.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Women's golf[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference) (2010–present)
2010 Florida 10th NCAA East Regional 11th
2011 Florida 9th NCAA T–10th
2012 Florida 4th NCAA 12th

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Duramed Futures Tour, Jan Dowling. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  2. ^ GartorZone.com, Women's Golf, Coaching & Support Staff, Jan Dowling. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  3. ^ GoDuke.com, "Dowling named the head coach of Gator women's golf," press release (June 15, 2009). Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Robbie Andreu, "Florida hires women's golf coach," Gainesville Sun (June 15, 2009). Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  5. ^ GoDuke.com, Women's Golf, Jan Dowling: Assistant Women's Golf Coach. Retrieved September 14, 2009.
  6. ^ "Women's golf finishes 10th at NCAAs," The Gainesville Sun (May 21, 2011). Retrieved May 22, 2011.
  7. ^ "Jan Dowling Bio". Michigan Wolverines athletic site. Retrieved April 14, 2015. 

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