By Allen Moff | Staff Writer
Jan Dowling is no longer a candidate to take over the Kent State women's golf program.
Golden Flashes Director of Golf Herb Page confirmed on Thursday that Dowling will not apply for the job, which is expected to be officially posted by the end of this week. She has decided to remain as an assistant coach at Tennessee.
"At this time she's happy where she's at, and it's just not a move she wants to make right now in her career," said Page.
Dowling, a former standout player for the Flashes who earned MAC Player of the Year honors in 2000, spoke with Page and KSU Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen during an unofficial visit to the Kent State campus on Feb. 6.
The 31-year-old native of Ontario 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. Dowling 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 on Jan. 24. 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.
Until the position is filled, Page and assistant coaches Rob Wakeling and Maddi Swaney will continue to coach the team.