Dana Dowd returns for third year as women's tennis coach after leading the Cardinals to their second winning season in four years. Her team finished 8-2 and placed 5th in the Capital Athletic Conference championships.
Dowd's success last season contnues the success she enjoyed as a player. She played No.1 singles for CUA from 1985-1989 and compiled a career singles record of 59-32. As a senior in1988-1989, she was 21-5 in singles and 17-2 in doubles. She led the Cardinals to a 16-3 record that year and a ranking of 23rd in the nation.
Dowd began her coaching career as head women's coach at Marymount University from 1991-1993, and then served as an assistant men's and women's coach at Georgetown University from 1993-1996.
Dowd, who graduated from CUA in 1989 with a degree in Psychology, earned a master's degree in physical therapty from Marymount in 1999. Along with her background in tennis, Dowd is a certified exercise instructor, personal trainer and competitive ballroom dancer.
Dowd's mother Jone, is CUA's associate athletic director, and her father, Martin, is in his 40th year as the Cardinal men's tennis coach.