After three outstanding seasons together that yielded 74 victories - nearly 25 wins per year - Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall saw fit to bring Jareem Dowling to Rocky Top in April 2014.
A native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dowling holds the title of Director of Player Development. Key among his several responsibilities is his role of academic liaison to UT's Thornton Athletics Student Life Center.
Tyndall first hired Dowling as an assistant coach at Morehead State prior to the 2011-12 campaign, and Dowling followed Tyndall to Southern Miss - occupying that same role - for the next two seasons leading up to their transition to Tennessee.
"Jareem is fantastic in all phases of the game," Tyndall said. "He builds phenomenal relationships with our student-athletes. He also has a wealth of international basketball contacts which I believe will be valuable to our program down the road."
With Dowling on the bench - while also serving as recruiting coordinator - Southern Miss authored an unprecedented two-year run during which the Golden Eagles posted a 56-17 (.767) record and earned a pair of postseason berths. Three players during that span garnered All-Conference acclaim.
In 2013-14, Southern Miss posted a school-record 29 wins (29-7, 13-3 C-USA), claimed a share of the Conference USA championship, built a perfect 15-0 home record and earned a year-end RPI in the low 30s.
The 2012-13 campaign saw the Eagles post a 27-10 (12-4 C-USA) record and capture the program's first postseason victories since 1988 as Southern Miss marched all the way to the NIT quarterfinals.
In his lone season at Morehead State, Dowling assisted with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practice and game preparation and player development. He also was responsible for monitoring the academic progress of all student-athletes in the program.
Dowling served three seasons in a similar capacity at Slippery Rock (Pa.) from 2008-11. Dowling helped the Rock to three consecutive winning seasons, including 21-win campaigns in 2008-09 and 2010-11.
At Slippery Rock, Dowling was the top assistant to head coach Kevin Reynolds, who had previously served as an assistant on Tyndall's staff at Morehead State.
Prior to his tenure at Slippery Rock, Dowling was an assistant under legendary junior college coach Bill Lewit at Cecil College (Md.). Dowling's recruiting and scouting acumen contributed to a stellar 97-6 overall record in three seasons from 2005-08.
Cecil College won three Maryland state regular-season championships, three state tournament titles, two regional championships, two Holiday Tournament championships and the 2006 NJCAA Division II national championship during Dowling's tenure. The Seahawks also finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in each those three years.
Dowling also boasts multiple years of high-level international coaching experience, dating to 2007, when he was handpicked by Virgin Islands Basketball Federation (VIBF) president Usie Richards for a coaching position at the junior level.
During his seven years with the VIBF, he has led Virgin Islands national teams to two silver medals and a pair of bronze medals. The country's national program has evolved from fledgling to one that is now ranked among the FIBA top 50 and 11th in the Americas.
Dowling served as head coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands U17 Junior National Team in 2008 and led that squad to a silver-medal finish at the Caribbean Basketball Championship in Antiqua and Barbuda.
That same year, Dowling completed a stint as an assistant with the USVI Senior Men's National Team under coaches Jim Harrick and Tevester Anderson. That team captured a silver medal in the Centrobasket Championship for Men in Chetumal and Cancun, Mexico.
In 2009, Dowling again led the Junior National squad to a bronze-medal finish in the Centrobasket U17 Championship in Aguas Calientes, Mexico, qualifying for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for the first time since 1978.
His Virgin Islands national squads have participated in FIBA events in Puerto Rico, the United States, Antigua, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Singapore and Brazil - giving Dowling beneficial basketball contacts around the globe.
From his native St. Croix, Dowling moved to the continental United States as a teenager. He led Howard High School in Wilmington, Del., to the Blue Hen Flight B championship game and the state semifinals as a senior. Dowling earned honorable mention All-State and first-team All-Conference honors that season while also securing a spot in the Delaware State Blue and Gold All-Star Game.
Dowling went on to become a two-year starter at Cecil, leading the team to the 2000-01 Maryland junior college regular-season championship. He earned All-Tournament honors in addition to receiving the team's Hustle and Defense Awards.
After an injury in 2001-02, Dowling led the Seahawks to the Region XX Championship and the NJCAA Division II semifinals in 2002-03. Cecil posted a 51-11 record during Dowling's two seasons there, he earned an Academic Scholar Student-Athlete Award and he played with nine eventual Division I players.
Dowling then transferred to Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was a two-year starter. He scored a career-high 22 points and made five 3-pointers in a game against Baylor. While at UMES, he also participated in the NCAA Leadership Conference.
Dowling earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology from UMES in 2005, and he received a master's degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2011.