|YEAR AT FGCU:||1st Season|
|ALMA MATER:||Charleston '03|
Dowiak enters his second season as an assistant coach at FGCU after helping lead the Eagles to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and second straight A-Sun regular season title.
After five years of head coaching experience at the D-II level, Dowiak joined coach Jim Blankenship’s staff at FGCU in July of 2011 as an assistant coach.
Named the head coach at Anderson University 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. “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.”