A 28-year coaching veteran, Dan O’Dowd is in his sixth season as associate head coach and his eighth year overall as the top assistant coach at UTSA. He assists with recruiting, scheduling and practice coordination in addition to on-the-floor coaching duties. O’Dowd has established several international recruiting ties that have helped UTSA land key players, including two-time all-conference performer Jeromie Hill, a native of Cairns, Australia.
In his seven years in the Alamo City, UTSA has registered the school’s first-ever NCAA postseason victory in any sport, captured one league championship, made two conference tournament title game appearances and recorded the most successful four-year stretch (76 wins) in two decades. More than 20 school records have fallen, while nine players have earned all-conference honors and three have been tabbed league freshman of the year (Devin Gibson, 2008; Melvin Johnson III, 2010; Jeromie Hill, 2011).
The 2010-11 season arguably was the most successful in 20 years, as UTSA captured the Southland Tournament Championship for the first time since 2004 and made the program’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. There the Roadrunners registered the first NCAA postseason victory in any sport in the department’s history with a 70-61 first-round victory over Alabama State during the First Four on March 16 in Dayton, Ohio. That outcome gave UTSA its first 20-win season in 19 years and was part of the 76-win stretch from the 2008-09 through 2011-12 campaigns.
The Roadrunners also have taken care of business in the classroom. UTSA has collected eight league all-academic certificates, including Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year honorees in Gibson (2010, ’11) and Hill (2012). Kurt Attaway garnered Academic All-District accolades in 2007.
O’Dowd came to UTSA from Arizona State, where he served as an assistant coach for eight seasons under Rob Evans, now the associate head coach at North Texas.
He helped Arizona State reach the 2003 NCAA Tournament, the program’s first NCAA appearance since 1995. The Sun Devils finished with a 20-12 record that season, defeating Memphis in the NCAA First Round before falling to eventual national finalist Kansas.
He helped tutor future NBA player Ike Diogu, the 2004-05 Pac-10 Player of the Year, a second-team All-American and the ninth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft (Golden State Warriors). Arizona State also advanced to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) in 2002 and 2005.
While at ASU, O’Dowd also coached NBA players Eddie House, the 1999-2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a member of the 2008 World Champion Boston Celtics, Mike Batiste, Awvee Storey and Tommy Smith.
Prior to his work at Arizona State, O’Dowd was an assistant coach under Evans at Mississippi from 1993-98. He was a key member of a staff that turned around the Rebels program, producing back-to-back NCAA appearances for the first time in school history. O’Dowd helped Mississippi capture two Southeastern Conference (SEC) West titles in 1997 and 1998. He coached Ansu Sesay, the 1997-98 SEC Player of the Year, at Mississippi.
O’Dowd spent two years (1991-93) as an assistant coach and assistant athletics director at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan. He helped guide the Cougars to records of 21-10 in 1991-92 and 23-9 in 1992-93 as Barton County qualified for the regional tournament both years.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Lon Kruger at Kansas State from 1989-91. The Wildcats finished 17-15 and participated in the 1990 NCAA Tournament during his tenure.
O’Dowd was an assistant coach at Topeka (Kan.) High School from 1986-89. His three-year stint included a 20-3 record in 1986-87, an 18-4 mark in 1987-88 and a 20-3, Class 6A runner-up season in 1988-89.
A native of Lakewood, Colo., O’Dowd received a bachelor’s degree in English education and physical education/health in 1986 from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.
A standout athlete, O’Dowd lettered four years in both cross country and track & field at Bethany where he was a three-time all-conference and academic all-conference honoree. In cross country, he was a two-time qualifier for the national championships. He also qualified twice for the outdoor track nationals and three times for indoor nationals.
O’Dowd graduated from Lakewood High School in 1981 where he was a four-sport letterman in basketball, swimming, tennis and track. He set the school’s assists record and broke track records in the 800-meter and mile runs.
O’Dowd married the former Ginger Dowell in June 2009 and the couple has two sons, Trey and Conner.
The Dan O’Dowd File Coaching Experience
· 2008-present: Associate Head Coach, UTSA
· 2006-2008: Assistant Coach, UTSA
· 1998-2006: Assistant Coach, Arizona State
· 1993-98: Assistant Coach, Mississippi
· 1991-93: Assistant Coach, Barton County (Kan.) Community College
· 1989-91: Graduate Assistant Coach, Kansas State
· 1986-89: Assistant Coach, Topeka (Kan.) High School Playing Experience College
· 1981-86: Lettered in track and field/cross country at Bethany (Kan.) College High School
· 1978-81: Lettered in basketball, swimming, tennis and track at Lakewood (Colo.) High School Education
· Earned bachelor's degree in English education and physical education/health from Bethany College in 1986
· Graduated from Lakewood High School in 1981 Personal Data
· Wife: Ginger
· Sons: Trey, Connor