Jareem Dowling Named a Top Mid Major Assistant by the Minority Coaches Association
Jareem Dowling enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the North Texas Mean Green Men's basketball team in 2020-21. In his three full seasons at UNT he's helped lead the Mean Green to three 20-wins seasons and the program's first conference regular season championship in 31 years in 2019-20 when they went 14-4 in C-USA. Dowling, who also serves as a Head Coach for the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team, has been a crucial recruiter for North Texas, identifying and bringing in players such as 2020 C-USA Player of the Year Javion Hamlet. In addition to winning the Conference USA regular season title in 2019-20, Grant McCasland and the staff were voted C-USA Coach of the Year.In 2019-20, the Mean Green went a program-best 14-4 in conference. The Mean Green earned the No. 1 seed in the 2020 C-USA Tournament but had the season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the 2019-20 season, the Mean Green ranked in the top 25 in the nation in both overall field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage. They were just one of four teams who could claim that. They beat Western Kentucky on March 1, 78-72 (OT), to win the regular season crown. It ended an 11-game skid to the Hilltoppers. When Dowling and the staff joined UNT in 2017-18, they took over a program that had won eight games the season prior. North Texas not only had one of the nation's best turnarounds in their first year, but they also won the College Basketball Invitational Tournament. It was UNT's first NCAA National Tournament championship. The success carried over into year two as the Mean Green began the 2018-19 season 16-1. They were the first team in the nation to 16 wins and the 16-1 start was the program's best start ever. Dowling has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience and has been on the bench alongside McCasland for now five years. Prior to North Texas, he spent a year as an assistant coach with McCasland at Arkansas State for the 2016-17 season where they went 20-12 overall and 11-7 in the Sun Belt Conference.