COACH DOW'S FILE
Alma Mater: Oregon (1988); Oregon (1991)
Career Head Coaching Record: 245-140 (.636)
Career Record Overall: 480-286
Coaching Experience (Years)
ULM (Third Season)
Head Coach: Record - 108-40 (.729)
Anderson University (2005-08)
Head Coach: Record - 79-17 (.823)
Texas A&M-Kingsville (1990-92)
Head Coach: Record - 27-32 (.458)
Colorado State (2002-05)
Santa Clara (2000-02)
Texas-San Antonio (1999-00)
Interim Head Coach
New Mexico State (1992-96)
Jeff Dow was hired in May 2014 as ULM's sixth women's basketball head coach.
Dow holds an all-time record as a head coach and as an assistant coach of 480-286 (.627) and a record of 245-140 (.636) as a head coach. As a head coach and as a first assistant, Dow has compiled twelve 20-win seasons, seven NCAA tournament appearances, four postseason WNIT appearances and six conference championships. In the eight years just prior to his inaugural season at ULM Dow averaged over 23 wins per season with an overall record as a head coach of 187-57 (.766) and a record of 117-29 (.801) in conference. All told before arriving at ULM Dow averaged over 20 wins per season as a head coach while amassing an overall record of 221-106 (.676).
Dow put forth a solid first impression in his first year in Monroe, leading the Warhawks to their most overall and conference wins since the 2010-11 campaign. This accomplishment came in spite of replacing the top four scorers from the previous two seasons due to graduation. Three of the Warhawk victories came against teams that went on to participate in post-season tournaments. In the final RPI computer rankings ULM finished ahead of schools in the Pac-12, Big East, Mountain West and American Athletic Conference. Statistically the Warhawks finished first in the Sun Belt Conference in free throw attempts per game and offensive rebounding percentage. The Warhawk women would also finish ranked 3rd in the 11-team Sun Belt in attendance highlighted by a crowd of over 3500 against in-state rival University of Louisiana Lafayette, a figure that hadn’t been reached since February 3, 1994. Senior post Sharnice Brooks garnered second team all-Sun Belt honors by racking up more points and rebounds in her senior year alone than she had in her first three years combined.
Off the floor during the 2014-15 school year the Warhawk program thrived academically as eight players were either named to ULM’s Dean’s List (>3.5 GPA), the Sun Belt Conference’s Commissioner’s List (>3.5 GPA) or the Sun Belt’s Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA).
Dow’s second year at ULM featured the first winning record against non-conference opponents for the program since the 2009-10 season. The Warhawks nearly pulled off an epic win but fell in overtime on the road to SEC foe Louisiana State. The Warhawks would later go on to defeat Sun Belt Conference champion Troy. For the second consecutive year a senior post would be named second team all-Sun Belt as Alayshia Hunter received the honor after finishing fifth in the Sun Belt in scoring and field goal percentage, sixth in rebounding and seventh in blocked shots.
Academically the Warhawks fared well again as seven players were named to ULM’s Dean’s List, the Sun Belt Conference’s Commissioner’s List or the Sun Belt’s Academic Honor Roll. Senior point guard Aundrea Davis was named to ULM’s President’s List for achieving a 4.0 GPA for the spring 2016 semester.
Prior to beginning his tenure at ULM he was also one of the most successful coaches in Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) history, compiling a five-year record of 108-40 (.729) from 2008-13 at the helm to go along with a record of 65-21 (.756) in conference. Dow guided the Crimson Hawks to the NCAA Tournament three times and won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship in 2009. Dow coached the Crimson Hawks to a No. 7 ranking in the WBCA Coaches Poll in 2008-09. He also got them to No. 19 in 2009-10, No. 17 in 2011-12 and No. 12 in 2012-13.
In the postseason, Dow garnered first round victories in the 2009, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Division II tournaments. He was also the first head coach in school history to win 20 games in his debut season and to win 10 or more games in the PSAC West Division in five consecutive seasons. During his tenure at IUP Dow recruited and/or coached three players that were named All-Americans in Jahzinga Tracey, Sarah Pastorek and Lindsay Stamp. Off the court, Dow had a combined 63 student-athletes earn IUP Dean’s List honors and 33 were named PSAC Scholar Athletes.
Dow went to IUP from Anderson University (S.C.) where he tallied a record of 79-17 (.822) and his teams earned trips to the NCAA East Region tournament each season. In his three years at the helm (2005-08), Dow was one of just eight head coaches to lead his program to at least one NCAA Division II tournament victory in three consecutive years. He led Anderson to two Conference Carolinas regular season titles and one postseason championship in 2005-06. His 2005-06 squad led all NCAA Division II schools in scoring at 83.5 points per game. Dow held an astounding 52-8 (.867) record in conference play and also posted a 40-2 home record in three seasons. While at Anderson Dow recruited and/or coached three players that were named All-Americans in LaShonda Chiles, Deidra Langston and Nikki Anthony.
In his final season at Anderson in 2007-08, the program finished in the top-10 in the country in win-loss percentage, scoring defense, rebound margin and scoring margin and was ranked as high as No. 12 in the WBCA national poll. For his team's accomplishments, Dow was selected the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year. In his first two seasons Dow’s Anderson squads were ranked 13th and 17th respectively in the WBCA national poll.
Prior to Anderson, Dow held the first assistant position at Colorado State (2002-05), Santa Clara (2000-02), UC-Irvine (1996-99) and New Mexico State (1992-96). Collectively during his time at those four universities they had an overall record of 218-134 (.619) and a combined conference record 122-65 (.652). Over the course of those twelve seasons Dow’s teams made five appearances in the NCAA or postseason WNIT tournament and won two regular season conference championships. During his tenure at NMSU as the post coach Dow coached 3-time Big West Conference Player of the Year, 1995-96 All-American and former WNBA player, Anita Maxwell. The 11-4 record that UCI posted in Big West Conference play in 1997-98 is the most wins that the program has achieved over the past twenty one seasons.
Dow’s first head coaching job came at the age of 24 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville in 1990-91. His team was picked to finish last in the preseason poll in his first year, but Dow propelled them to a third-place showing and reached the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference Tournament. As the Lady Javelinas coach Dow recruited and/or coached Patricia Rivers and Karen Weiss who were named WBCA All-Americans under Dow and were later inducted into the university’s athletics hall of fame.
Dow started his career as a graduate assistant at the University of Oregon in 1989-90. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and physical education in 1988 and his Master’s in physical education in 1991 from Oregon.
Dow is married to Emily who received her doctorate in Education from ULM in August 2016. The couple has two daughters, Chloe, 4 and Helena, 1.