GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Athletics Director Jeremy Foley announced Jan Dowling as the University of Florida’s women’s golf coach. Dowling comes 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.
“Throughout this search, Jan Dowling’s name kept coming up as a fast-rising coaching talent. She has solid credentials as a player and as a coach. Florida’s had success developing young, gifted coaches and Jan certainly fits that model. Jan loves coaching and loves the game of golf. She is confident that she can lead this program and recruit talented student-athletes to Florida,” Foley said. “We believe that Jan will be very successful at Florida.”
“I’d like to thank Mr. Foley for this tremendous opportunity,” Dowling said. “There are currently a lot of talented players at Florida and we are going to create a team atmosphere to build on this and get the program back into national championship contention year in and year out. We have every resource imaginable at the University of Florida which will attract elite student-athletes. Gainesville is a wonderful place to live and makes UF a great total package. I’m also looking forward to working with everyone at UF’s Athletic Association.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to have worked with some great coaches,” Dowling continued. “I can’t thank Duke University enough for the opportunity that I received there. It is one of the most storied programs in women’s golf and I’m looking forward to taking those experiences and building on them as a head coach.”
A 2002 graduate of Kent State, Dowling becomes the fourth fulltime women’s golf coach in UF history. She 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 is a PGA of America Level I Apprentice and holds a Titleist Performance Institute Certification as a Golf Fitness Instructor (Level I).
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.
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