Kansas State associate athletic director Clint Dowdle has left the school to join the coaching division of Creative Artists Agency. Dowdle will work with prominent agents Jimmy Sexton, Trace Armstrong and Bret Just in serving a client base that includes Alabama’s Nick Saban, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and UCLA’s Jim Mora Jr.
Dowdle oversaw the football program at Kansas State and was considered one of the rising stars in athletic administration under athletic director John Currie. Dowdle will leave that space to return home to his native Memphis, Tenn., to help CAA grow its collegiate and professional coaching roster. One of the main responsibilities of Dowdle, 33, will be using his background as a college administrator to recruit young football and basketball coaches to CAA. “I’m in a very fortunate spot to work with CAA,” Dowdle said. “This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.”
Dowdle’s background in the college athletic administration comes from football, as he spent four years at Bowling Green as the Director of Football Operations and worked as a graduate assistant at Tennessee. Dowdle was also a basketball star and three-year captain at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. “Clint has the intelligence, organizational skills and people skills to excel at any and every aspect of whatever path he chooses to follow in athletics,” said Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson, who Dowdle worked for at Bowling Green.
In his three years at Kansas State, Dowdle earned the trust and respect of veteran football coach Bill Snyder and basketball coach Bruce Weber. “He will be missed,” Snyder said.
Dowdle has been replaced at Kansas State by former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who the university named associate athletic director for administration last week.