Kristen Dowling
Kristen Dowling
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 909-607-2251
Year: 7th
Overall Record: 123-43, .741
SCIAC Record: 78-18, .813
College: University of Redlands
Office Location: Roberts Pavilion - 212

Kristen Dowling enters her seventh year as head women's basketball coach for the 2018-19 season, after leading the Athenas to the last five straight SCIAC regular season titles, as well as four SCIAC Tournament titles.

Following the fourth straight SCIAC Tournament title in 2017, CMS defeated the University of Texas-Dallas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. its second straight season with an NCAA Tournament win. At the end of the 2015-16 season, the Athenas won their first NCAA Tournament game since 1996 with a victory over Trinity (Tex.) in the Texas-Tyler Regional. In the 2014-15 year year, Dowling was named SCIAC Coach of the Year and helped the Athenas amass a perfect 16-0 record in SCIAC for the first time since the 1987-88 season. Both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons were 24-win years marking the most wins in program history. Over her first six seasons, Dowling has compiled an impressive 123-43 record, good for a .741 winning percentage, as well as a 78-18 mark in league play (.813).

Prior to joining the staff at CMS, Dowling spent the 2010-12 seasons as an assistant women's basketball coach at Pepperdine University, where she helped the Waves to an 18-12 finish and a spot in the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament in her final season. It was her second time on the Waves coaching staff, as she also served as a fulltime graduate assistant for Pepperdine from 2006-08. She spent the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at CSU Bakersfield before being asked to return to Pepperdine as an assistant in June 2010.

At Cal State Bakersfield, Dowling was part of a coaching staff that guided the Roadrunners to the two best records in school history. Her 2008-09 team compiled an overall record of 19-10, and the 2009-2010 squad posted a 16-13 mark, which was tops among the seven NCAA Division-I Independent women's basketball programs––earning Bakersfield its first Division I  post-season trip to the Women's Basketball Invitational.

Dowling played collegiately at the University of Redlands, where she led the Bulldogs to their second-ever Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2004, and helped the university win a Women's Basketball Coaches Association Class Act Achievement Award. Dowling graduated Phi Beta Kappa, earning her bachelor's degree in Spanish, with a minor in physical education. She went on to earn her master's in educational technology at Pepperdine, and is a graduate of Nike's "So You Want to Be a Coach" program, as well as the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy.