Tom Dowling (American football)
|Born||March 8, 1940|
|Died||January 7, 2018 (aged 77)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1969–1972||Georgetown (KY) (assistant)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1995–2002||Mid-South Conf. (commissioner)|
|Head coaching record|
Thomas Walter Dowling (March 8, 1940 – January 7, 2018) was 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. His coaching Family tree includes Mike Ayers of Wofford College. Both coach Ayers’ son Travis Dowling, and his grandson Ezra Dowling are named for Coach Dowling.
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.
Head coaching record
|Georgetown Tigers (NAIA) (1973–1976)|
|Liberty Flames (NAIA Independent) (1977–1980)|
|Liberty Flames (NCAA Division II Independent) (1981–1983)|
|Cumberland Indians (NAIA) (1985–1995)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
- "Pikes Alpha Lambda Alumni Association Hall of Fame" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-25.
- "Liberty Football History" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-25.
- "Liberty Coaching History" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-25.
- "Georgetown College Hall of Fame Bio". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- Thomas Walter Dowling