|Alma Mater:||Kent State '02|
Jan Dowling enters her first year as an assistant coach on the Duke women’s golf staff, after spending the past two years as an assistant coach for Kent State.
A 2002 graduate of Kent State, Dowling returned to her alma mater in 2006 as an assistant coach. Dowling led Kent State to back-to-back Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships in 2007 and 2008, while guiding Kira Meixner and Kirby Dreher to the 2007 and 2008 MAC Individual medalist honors, respectively. The Golden Flashes concluded the 2007-08 campaign 15th nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Dowling competed in the professional golf ranks from 2003-05 on the LPGA Tour, Futures Golf Tour and BMO Canadian Women’s Tour prior to returning to Kent State. She registered five top 10 finishes on the Canadian Women’s Tour and another top 10 on the Futures Tour, while also qualifying for the LPGA Tour Canadian Open in 2005.
While a student-athlete at Kent State, Dowling earned four varsity letters for the Golden Flashes, helping lead the team to four straight MAC championships and three NCAA Regional appearances. She was a four-time first team All-MAC selection and was named the MAC Player of the Year in 2000 when she earned her second of two straight medalist honors at the MAC Championship. That same year she was selected to the Golfweek/Sagarin Midwest District Team.
In her career, Dowling recorded five career victories — second most in school history — and had a school-record 25 top-10 finishes. In 1999, Dowling was named the MAC Freshman of the Year after helping to lead the fledgling program to a MAC title in its first year of existence.
Three times Dowling was named to the Academic All-MAC Team, the NGCA Division I All-Scholar Athlete Team and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV At-Large Team. She was also chosen as the MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week in 2001 and was a two-time member of the MAC Academic Honor Roll.
Additionally, in 2002 she was voted “Woman of the Year” at Kent State and also 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 part of the nine-member Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame class that was inducted on Feb. 9, 2008 as part of the 30th annual ceremonies. She was the first KSU women’s golfer to be so honored.
At the amateur level, Dowling was the Canadian Ladies Amateur Champion and Female Amateur Golfer of the Year in 2000. She competed for the Canadian Team at the World Amateur Golf Championships in 2002 and was a member of the Ontario Amateur Team in 1999.
In addition to her competitive career, Dowling has conducted numerous pro-am events and golf instruction clinics throughout the United States and Canada. Since 2003 she has been a student under PGA Professional and Top 100 Teacher Dan Strimple. She is a PGA of America Apprentice, since June of 2007, working towards her “Class A” membership
In October, 2005, Dowling participated in the hit reality golf series Big Break III: Ladies Only, on the Golf Channel. The Bradford, Ontario native earned her bachelor’s degree in Leisure Studies from Kent State in 2002.