May 24, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced today (Friday, May 24) the hiring of Jan Dowling as the new head women's golf coach for the Wolverines program. Dowling is the fifth coach in the 37-year history of the program.
"We are excited to announce the hiring of Jan Dowling as the leader of our women's golf program," said Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "Jan has a tremendous coaching and golf background which will be a great asset to our program. We look forward to the program's development under Jan's direction."
"I am honored to be leading the Michigan women's golf team, and want to thank Athletic Director David Brandon for this tremendous opportunity," said Dowling. "Michigan is world renowned for both academics and athletics, which makes the potential for this program endless. Further, I was extremely impressed with the first class golf facilities and commitment to the program on every level possible. The future of the program is very bright and I am very excited to lead this team to new heights."
Last season Dowling served as an assistant coach at Tennessee. The Lady Volunteers posted two top-five finishes during the season, including a runner-up finish at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, and placed ninth at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships. Tennessee earned its 21st straight NCAA postseason bid, finishing ninth at the East Regional, and All-SEC first teamer Erica Popson advanced as an individual to the NCAA Finals.
Prior to joining the UT staff, Dowling was the head coach at Florida for three seasons before leaving the program for personal reasons. She led the Gators to three straight NCAA regional appearances and consecutive top 12 finishes at the NCAA Championships, with a tie for 10th place in 2011 and a 12th-place finish in 2012. Her teams improved at the SEC championship each of her three seasons, reaching fourth in 2012.
Before heading to Gainesville, Dowling was an assistant coach at Duke for one season and spent two seasons at her alma mater Kent State. During her time with the Blue Devils, she helped the team to a sixth-place showing at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Dowling returned to Kent State following a three-year professional career on the Symetra Futures Tour and the Canadian Tour. She helped the Flashes win their 10th straight Mid-American Conference (MAC) championship with back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. During her two seasons, Dowling helped individuals Kira Meixner (2007) and Kirby Dreher (2008) to MAC medalist honors.
A Bradford, Ontario, native, Dowling is a 2002 graduate of Kent State. A member of the inaugural women's golf team at KSU, she helped lead the team to four straight MAC championships and three NCAA Regional appearances. She compiled five career victories with the Golden Flashes, second most in school history, and shares the school-record with 25 top-10 finishes.
Dowling won back-to-back individual titles at the MAC championships (1999, 2000) and was a four-time first team All-MAC selection. She was the 2000 MAC Player of the Year and the 1999 MAC Freshman of the Year. In 2008, Dowling became the first Kent State women's golf to be inducted into the Varsity "K" Athletics Hall of Fame.
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