Women's Basketball

Roy Dow
Roy Dow
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 562-907-4932
Email: rdow1@whittier.edu

Hometown: Sun Valley, Calif.

College: Colby College

Years at Whittier: 3rd


In 2016-17 season, his first season at Whittier, with an 8-8 SCIAC record.  Following the previous season’s 4-12 SCIAC record the eight conference victories were a nice accomplishment equaling the most conference victories earned by the Poets in a single season in the past 15 seasons.  Opening the season 1-8, the Poets finished the year 8-8 winning 3 of their last 4 for a final record of 9-16. Cali Cubel (’20) was one of three Whittier College athletes recognized as the Freshman of the Year by the Whittier College Athletic Department.  The Poet re-build was underway. 

No stranger to transitioning teams through re-builds as well as a familiar face in SCIAC, previously coaching the women’s program at Cal Lutheran and the Caltech men’s program, Coach Dow also has experience coaching at NCAA Division I, II, and III institutions. In the summers of 2015 and 2016 he provided advanced scouting for a WNBA team.   As a head coach, Coach Dow is one of the very few in the annals of the NCAA basketball history to have led a women’s team (Cal Lutheran, 23-4) and a men’s team (Wheaton College, MA, 20-5) to a 20-win season and the postseason respectively. 

At Cal Lutheran, after an initial season of 7-18 the very next season the Regals rode Coach Dow’s first recruiting class to a 19-7 record and a top 25 national ranking.  That class would win 70% of their contests over 4 years, advance to the NCAA tournament twice, tie the single-season program record for victories with 23, and win 2 SCIAC tournaments.  The Regals were also 4-1 in conference postseason competition.  Coach Dow recruited 1 SCIAC Player of the Year, 1 Newcomer of the Year, 10 times recruited players that received 1st Team SCIAC recognition, and another 10 times players were named to the SCIAC 2nd Team.

Prior to Cal Lutheran, Coach Dow was the head coach at the prestigious California Institution of Technology.  Within the single most challenging admission process in the NCAA he is credited with improving the program’s competitive posture from a once hapless situation where competing let alone winning was considered impossible to improbable.  The Rick Greenwald critically-acclaimed documentary Quantum Hoops captures the Beavers growth and progress within the extremely rigorous Caltech academic environment in the final 10 days of the 2005-06 season.   The film credits the men’s basketball student-athletes and Coach Dow with saving the intercollegiate athletic program at a time when it was under review by administrators as to its continued existence. 

Over the course of Coach Dow’s intercollegiate coaching and playing career spanning close to 30 years, his overall record as a head coach, assistant coach, interim head coach, and student-athlete stands at 333-259, not inclusive of the Caltech record.  To this day Coach Dow considers the Caltech experience one of his most successful and special coaching endeavors let alone a truly unique professional experience in the NCAA despite the record. A two-sport athlete at Colby College, Coach Dow had the good fortune to have 2 assistant coaching stints at Colby working under his mentor Dick Whitmore (40 years at Colby, 637-341). In his last season at Colby before moving on to Caltech, he was able to be the interim head coach at his alma mater while Coach Whitmore had knee replacement surgery.  He was able to coach 5 All-Americans as well as an eventual NABC Division III Player of the Year over the course of his time at Colby as an assistant coach. 

Coach Dow’s first head coaching experience was at Wheaton College, Massachusetts as the first-ever head coach of the men’s basketball team as the college transitioned from a women’s institution to a co-educational college.  An initial season of 4-22 was followed by improving win totals of 10 and then 13 before culminating with a 20-5 season and an invitation to the postseason.  Coach Dow also served as an assistant coach on the men’s side at NCAA Division I Holy Cross and NCAA Division II Chaminade University of Honolulu as well as serving as head coach of the women’s team at Pfeiffer University (NC).

Education/Playing Experience

Earned his B.A. in Goverment with a concentration in Public Policy.  Was a member of the Nationally-Ranked Men's Basketball team and was a starting pitcher for the baseball team.  Was named the Most Improved Player on both teams. 

  Year Record SCIAC Finish
Head Coach 2018-19 11-13, 7-9 SCIAC 5th
Head Coach 2017-18 10-15, 7-9 SCIAC 5th
Head Coach 2016-17 9-16, 8-8 SCIAC 6th