On June 15, 2009 Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced Jan Dowling as the University of Florida’s women’s golf coach. Dowling enters her third year in Blue and Orange and is coming off the best team finish under lead after capturing a tie for 10th place at the 2011 NCAA Championships. She came to UF after spending one season as an assistant coach at Duke University and two seasons as an assistant at Kent State University. She also played as a professional for almost three years before entering the collegiate coaching ranks.
A 2002 graduate of Kent State, Dowling became the fourth full-time women’s golf coach in UF history. She quickly got to work rejuvenating the women’s golf program and with a first place finish at the 2010 Central District Invitational, brought the Gators their first tournament win in 16 events played. Florida claimed five top-five finishes in 2009-10 and only finished outside of the top-10 in two of its 12 tournaments. Under Dowling’s tutelage, newcomer Isabelle Lendl was named to the All-SEC second team and the SEC All-Freshman team. The Gators excelled in the classroom as well, with seven student-athletes being named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Prior to joining the Gators, Dowling helped lead the 2008-09 Duke Women’s Golf Team to a sixth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships. She coached the Blue Devils to a team win at the NGCA National Match Play Championship in the absence of head coach Dan Brooks.
Following her stint as a touring professional, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach. She helped guide the Golden Flashes to their 10th consecutive Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship with back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. She also guided individuals Kira Meixner (2007) and Kirby Dreher (2008) to MAC Individual Medalist honors.
Kent State maintained a top-25 ranking during Dowling’s two years as an assistant and reached a school-record high of 13th. She coached two Golfweek All-Americans and three NGCA All-Scholar members as the Golden Flashes claimed five tournament titles during her time as an assistant.
In addition to her duties with the women’s golf team at Kent State, Dowling assisted the men’s team during the postseason in 2008, in which the team finished sixth at the NCAA Championships, its highest finish in school history.
From 2003-05 Dowling competed on the Futures Golf Tour and BMO Canadian Women’s Tour, combining for six top-10 finishes. She also qualified for the 2005 LPGA Tour Canadian Women’s Open. She won the 2000 Canadian Amateur and was named the SCORE Golf Canadian Female Amateur of the Year. Dowling was a member of the Canadian Team for the 2002 World Golf Amateur Championships and was a member of the Ontario Amateur Team in 1999.
Dowling was also a successful collegiate golfer while at Kent State. She was a member of the inaugural women’s golf team at KSU and 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 had a school-record 25 top-10 finishes.
Dowling was the individual medalist two years in a row at the MAC Championship (1999, 2000). She was a four-time first team All-MAC selection and was named the 2000 MAC Player of the Year and the 1999 MAC Freshman of the Year.
Off the course, Dowling was just as successful, earning multiple academic honors. She was named to the Academic All-MAC Team three times, the NGCA Division I All-Scholar Athlete Team and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV At-Large Team. Dowling was also a two-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll and was named a MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week in 2001. In 2002, she was voted “Woman of the Year” at Kent State and received the Janet Bachna Award as the KSU Female Athlete of the Year that same season.
In the fall of 2007, it was announced that Dowling would be a part of the 2008 Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame class. She was the first KSU women’s golfer to earn that honor.
Aside from her playing career, Dowling is also an accomplished golf instructor. She has conducted numerous instructional clinics throughout the United States and Canada. She currently holds a Titleist Performance Institute Certification as a Golf Fitness Instructor (Level I) and is a former PGA of America Level I Apprentice (2006-11). Recently, Dowling has applied for her amateur status reinstatement, through the USGA.
The Bradford, Ontario, native participated in the hit reality television golf series Big Break III: Ladies Only, on the Golf Channel, in the fall of 2005. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Leisure Studies from Kent State.
|The Dowling File|
|University of Florida, Head Coach||2009-present|
|Duke University, Assistant Coach||2008-09|
|Kent State University, Assistant Coach||2006-08|
|PGA of America, Level I Apprentice||2006-2011|
|Titleist Performance Institute, Golf Fitness Instructor, Level I||2009-Present|
|Touring Professional, Futures Tour/Canadian Tour||2002-05|
|Canadian Amateur Champion||2000|
|Kent State University||1998-2002|