Dana Dowd is in her 18th year as women's tennis coach at CUA having led the Cardinals to 12 winning seasons in the previous 17 years. For her career, she has posted an overall mark of 172-124, good for a winning percentage of .581.
Dowd has led the Cardinals to the Landmark Conference playoffs in each of the past six seasons.
2013-14 gave the Cardinals a record of 13-6 overall as CUA reached the Landmark Conference Championship match where they fell to Scranton, but gave a fantastic effort. The Landmark Conference Championship Tournament included a win over Moravian. Under Dowd, the Cardinals had All-Landmark Team members, Landmark Honor Roll members, and Landmark All-Sportsmanship members.
During the 2012-13 season, CUA went 14-4, with a 5-1 record against Landmark Conference foes. The Cardinals held the second seed in the Landmark Conference tournament, hosting the first round match against the University of Scranton. The Cardinals Senior and #1 singles, #1 doubles player Marge Selinger placed First Team All-Conference singles and Second Team All-Conference Doubles. Sophomore #2 Singles and #1 Doubles player Liz Harvey made Second Team All-Conference Doubles. In addition, seven of Dowd's student-athletes were named to the conference's Academic Honor Roll: Sr. Gretchen Coombs, Sr. Rita Marie Holden, Sr. Rose Montani, So. Emma Needham, Jr Caitlin Porter, Sr. Marge Selinger, Jr. Isabel Tanco.
In addition, seven of Dowd's student-athletes were named to the conference's Academic Honor Roll.
In 2010-11 Dowd guided the Cardinals to a record of 15-7, which included a mark of 4-2 within the Landmark Conference. CUA won its first eight matches of the year and went a perfect 9-0 throughout the season at home. The Cardinals reeled off six wins in their final seven regular season matches to clinch a berth in the Landmark Conference Tournament for the first time since 2008.
Individually, three of Dowd's student-athletes were named to the All-Landmark Conference Teams, with Andie Ingram receiving Rookie of the Year accolades. Off the court, four Cardinals were named to the conference's Academic Honor Roll.
Dowd led the Cardinals to a semifinal appearance in the 2008 Landmark Conference tournament as CUA posted a 4-2 league record.
In 2007, Dowd’s squad finished with a 12-7 record and placed third in its final year of Capital Athletic Conference competition. The Cardinals downed St. Mary’s in the opening round of that season’s conference tournament by an 8-1 score.
Dowd's run of recent success continues what she enjoyed as a player. She played No. 1 singles for CUA from 1985 to 1989 and compiled a career singles record of 59-32. As a senior in 1988-89, Dowd was 21-5 in singles and 17-2 in doubles. She led the Cardinals to a 16-3 finish that year and a ranking of 23rd in the nation.
As the oldest of four, Dana grew up playing tennis. First in the USTA juniors, later in junior and senior high school and finally at CUA. Dowd began her coaching career as head women's coach at Marymount University from 1991-1993, and later she 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, and later earned a master's degree in physical therapy from Marymount University in 1999. Along with her background in tennis, Dowd is a physical therapist, certified Pilates and exercise instructor and a personal trainer.
Dana and her husband, Marwan Kublawi, live in Kensington, Md. They have a son, Anthony, and a daughter, Anna.