Dowler hired as baseball coach

Former player excited for new opportunity


Dee Dowler coached the girls softball team for six seasons and will take over the baseball program this spring.

This past Friday the baseball team welcomed a new varsity head coach in math teacher Dee Dowler.

Dowler played Division 1 baseball at Indiana State University. After college, he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 52nd round of the 1993 draft.

“I look forward to giving back to the baseball program, after having a wonderful career playing here under Coaches Dave Brown and Bob McPike,” Dowler said. “I will do my best to get baseball alumni in the stands and to create an atmosphere of excitement and fun out at the baseball games.”

From 1993-1997, he played in the Cubs organization and another two years for the minor league team Reno Blackjacks. After his baseball career ended, he moved to Indianapolis and began teaching math at Ben Davis and coached the varsity softball team. In six seasons, he has led the varsity softball team to a 90-47 record.

“”I feel that it is important to finish up with my former softball players, before I start anything with baseball,” Dowler said. “But when I do start with baseball, I will work them hard and coach them to win.”

After winning a sectional championship last season, the baseball team hopes to repeat and go even further in the postseason under coach Dowler.

Dowler vividly remembers his days playing for the Giants.

“My best baseball memory was hitting two home runs to help win a Regional Championship,” he said.

Dowler plans to meet with his new team Thursday after school. His coaching staff will consist of Dave Bear, Scott Morrow and Kyle Cox. He will add two more coaches.