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Ex-KSU star Dowling could be women's golf coach candidate

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published: February 8, 2013 4:00 AM

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer

Former Kent State standout player Jan Dowling was spotted on campus Wednesday, and is expected to be a prime candidate to take over the Golden Flashes women's golf program once the search officially begins.

Dowling, a 32-year-old native of Ontario, was a star player at Kent State from 1999-2002. She was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 2000, and also won the Canadian Women's Amateur that year. She played professionally from 2002-05, and once competed on the Golf Channel's 'The Big Break.'

Dowling started her coaching career as an assistant for the Flashes from 2005-07 before moving on to Duke University, where she served as an assistant coach in 2008. She took over the Gators program in 2009, and led Florida to top-12 finishes at the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons. She resigned following the 2011-12 season, citing personal reasons.

The Flashes are seeking a replacement for Mike Morrow, who retired abruptly last month. Morrow, a Stow native and former All-American player for Kent State, started the KSU women's golf program in 1997 and led his teams to MAC titles in every season of its 14-year existence.

Kent State has not yet posted its opening for a women's golf coach, and both KSU Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen and Director of Golf Herb Page declined to comment on the search for a new coach since it has not yet officially begun.

The Flashes will begin the spring portion of their 2012-13 campaign on Sunday at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Page and assistant coach Maddie Swaney will lead the team during the trip.

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