|College:||University of Redlands|
Kristen Dowling returns for her second year as head women's basketball coach. In her first year, the 2012-13 season, CMS finished 6th in SCIAC play with an 9-16 overall record.
She spent the 2010-12 seasons as an assistant women's basketball coach at Pepperdine University where this past season she helped the Waves to an 18-12 finish and a spot in the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. It was her second time on the Waves coaching staff. From 2006-08, during her first stint, Dowling was a fulltime graduate assistant for Pepperdine. 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.
Dowling has also worked as a coach at the high school and youth levels. A native of Upland, she graduated from Upland High School and spent one season as coach of the freshman team there. She also spent two years working while an undergrad with the Nothin' But Net youth basketball program, assisting after school clinics, youth leagues, and tournaments.