FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s soccer head coach Jim Blankenship announced on Monday that former Anderson University head coach Jason Dowiak has accepted an assistant coaching position to join his staff this season. Dowiak spent the last four years as the women’s soccer head coach at AU.
“I’m really happy to have Jason joining the staff,” said Blankenship. “His experience as a head coach at such a young age makes him a great addition to our program. Despite only being a coach for seven years, Jason is a well-rounded teacher with a ton of passion towards the profession. I’m lucky to have him join an already great staff here at FGCU.”
Named Anderson’s head coach in August of 2007, Anderson compiled a 29-41-4 record over his four seasons. The highlight of Dowiak’s stint at AU came in 2009 when he led the Trojans to their first-ever Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game, finishing with a 12-9 record and setting a school record with eight (8-3) conference wins. During their run to the championship match, the Trojans won a program record nine straight contests and were named to the nation’s Top-20 most improved Division II women’s soccer program’s by Somis Sports.
Under Dowiak’s guidance at Anderson University, six players earned All-Conference honors, including a pair of freshmen who were named to the second and third team, respectively.
Dowiak began his coaching career as an assistant at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and after one year he was named the interim head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs. He then accepted a voluntary assistant position at College of Charleston, his Alma Mater, before making his last stop prior to Anderson as an assistant at Lander University for the 2006 campaign.
Dowiak played soccer at the College of Charleston for Ralph Lundy and earned a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2003. He earned a starting position as a freshman and was the Cougars’ captain as a senior.
“I have always had aspirations of coaching at the Division I level and this opportunity is a very exciting chance I could not pass up,” said Dowiak on AUTROJANS.com. “I look forward to everything I will learn under coach Blankenship’s leadership. He has proven he knows how to establish successful programs and his teams win with class at the next level. I will sincerely miss everyone at Anderson, especially the players and hope to maintain a close relationship with all of the great people I’ve had the honor to work with.”
Dowiak joins an FGCU club that returns eight starters from the 2010 team that captured the program’s first-ever Atlantic Sun regular season title in just the fourth year of the program. The Eagles produced an unblemished 8-0-2 mark in the A-Sun and finish with an 11-4-2 overall record.