The winningest coach in Burlingame’s boys’ varsity basketball history, Jeff Dowd, was rehired to lead the team next season after being released from the coaching position in 2013.
“I’m excited to be back coaching at BHS and I'm grateful for Mr. Belzer and coach Phil for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity,” Dowd said.
In his 15 years as head coach, Dowd was able to win eight Peninsula Athletic League championships and four county championships, and he reached the Central Coast Section finals six times. As a result of his achievements, Dowd won the San Mateo County Times Coach of the Year award twice, and was named the San Mateo Daily News Coach of the Year in 2011.
“We created a culture of accountability, toughness, trust and togetherness,” Dowd said of his keys to success. “And we had good players who wanted to be coached hard and max out their ability.”
This past winter, the Panthers had an atrocious season, finishing with a record of 4-20. Dowd’s return can hopefully spark something to bring the Panthers back on track. His coaching brought the Panthers a prosperous sixteen years and he has the ability to bring Panthers basketball to an all time high once again.
According to Dowd, putting in work will be necessary to ensure a good season. He plans to start training this summer in the weight room.
“All good teams start with commitment and effort,” he said. “Our main goal is be a tough competitive team that brings a lot of force and effort to every game they play.”
Despite the uphill battle ahead, Dowd is confident that he will be able to bring the team back to relevance.
“My coaching has evolved as I grow older and I'm hoping to develop players who are skilled, tough and competitive,” he said.