Donovan Dowling
University of Louisville
Donovan Dowling
Assistant Coach
Division 1

 1 Season at Louisville  Education: IPFW Donovan Dowling completed his first season as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville in 2018, where he serves as the men's soccer team's goalkeepers coach. Dowling arrived in Louisville following three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he assisted in restarting the mens soccer program in 2015. Along with his duties at UTRGV, Dowling also served as goalkeepers coach for Rio Grande Valley FC in the United Soccer League from 2016-18. While at UTGRV, Donovan served as the top assistant coach for three seasons where he coached the goalkeepers and was directly involved in numerous phases of the program, which dissolved following the 1998 season. The Vaqueros showed notable improvement during the first three seasons increasing their win total and RPI each year. In addition to his duties at UTRGV, Dowling was the goalkeepers coach with Rio Grande Valley, which finished second in the USL Western Conference in 2016. Dowling worked under current Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera in 2016 and under current LA Galaxy assistant coach Junior Gonzalez in 2017. Overall, 11 players from RGVFC have signed MLS contracts since 2016. Prior to helping restart the program at UTRGV, Dowling coached at Northeast Texas Community College, where he served as the head coach of the mens and womens soccer programs for two years. He led the mens team to a program-best 17-4-2 record in 2014, with a ranking as high as No. 4 in the nation en route to an NJCAA Tournament berth. For his efforts, Dowling was a finalist for National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year. In 2013, the mens team was one of the most improved teams in the NJCAA with a 14-7 record, compared to a 5-14-1 record the season prior to his arrival. Dowling also was an assistant coach with the Midland/Odessa Sockers FC in the USL Premier Developmental League (PDL) during the 2014 season, helping lead the team to an organizational best 7-4-3 record and second place finish in the Mid-South Division. During his time there, Dowling assisted in all aspects of coaching, including the recruitment of players, on-field coaching, scouting of opponents, and organization of summer camps. From 2011-12, Dowling helped start the first-ever mens soccer program at Fort Hays State University as an assistant coach. In 2011, the inaugural team finished 11-5-2, while receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25 poll. In 2012, the team did one better, as Dowling helped lead the Tigers to an 11-6-2 record, along with the programs first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, advancing all the way to the Sweet 16. The Tigers were ranked for the majority of the 2012 season, with a high of No. 9 in the nation. Dowling coached from 2009-11 with the Fort Wayne Fever as the Director of Goalkeeping for the entire club, while also serving as the assistant coach for the 93 and 95 Fever boys teams. Both of his Fever teams were Indiana State Cup Finalists and Midwest Regional League Champions. Dowling was then involved in the Kansas Olympic Developmental Program from 2011-13. A goalkeeper, Dowling played collegiately at the NCAA Division I level at IPFW, where, as a two-year starter, he set program records for goals against average and shutouts in a season while earning All-Summit League honors. He played his first two collegiate seasons at Barton County Community College, where he was a Third Team All-American and First Team NSCAA All-Region and All-Conference honoree, leading his team to the No. 2 ranking in the nation while serving as the sophomore captain. A two-year starter, Dowling compiled a 39-4-2 record during his career. Dowling then went on to play four professional seasons in the PDL, three of which were with the Kansas City Brass, and one of which was with the Springfield Demize. A native of Olathe, Kan., Dowling earned his Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University and added a Master of Science in Sports and Human Performance from Fort Hays State.