Head Coach Marty Dowd '60

Men's Tennis Coach Martin Dowd is the dean of Catholic University coaches, having coached longer and enjoyed more victories (439) than any other active Cardinals mentor.


Dowd's successful affiliation with the CUA tennis program spans more than four decades. Beginning in 1956 as a freshman, he has been associated with the team every year except 1961, when he was on active duty in the United States Coast Guard. He worked as an assistant coach in 1962 and took over the program the following year.


Although Dowd's teams have compiled 31 winning seasons and a .597 winning percentage (439-296-1), the veteran coach maintains a proper perspective on success. Winning and losing are not as important as playing up to your ability, never giving up and behaving like a gentleman at all times."


While playing tennis for CUA, Dowd led the squad to a 27-3 (.900) record his final two years, including a perfect 15-0 finish as a senior. Undefeated in doubles those two seasons, his overall record was an impressive 48-5 (.906). He graduated from CUA in 1960 with a degree in art.


Dowd and his wife, Jone, the Cardinals' senior associate director of athletics, live in Burtonsville, Md. All three of their daughters-Dana, Jennifer and Tara-played tennis at CUA under Jone Dowd. Their son, Michael, played at Division I George Washington University and is now head women's coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Dana coaches the women's team.

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