Kim Dowell is in her sixth season as a member of the Islanders staff. She was named an assistant coach by head coach Robert Robinson before the 2006-07 season.
During the 2009-10 season, the Islanders clinched the most wins in school history with a 24-11 record. After falling in the Southland Conference title game to Lamar University, the team was selected for the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI), reaching the semifinals.
Four out of the past five seasons, the Islanders have reached the Southland Conference Tournament and each campaign and has won at least one game in the tournament in three out of four appearances.
Dowell, a former player and assistant coach at UT Arlington, is responsible for the team's academics and assists with recruiting. On the floor, she focuses on the Islander post players.
Dowell came to the Islanders after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State. While with the Buccaneers, Dowell assisted in recruiting while overseeing the team's film exchange program as well as on-the-floor responsibilities. Prior to her time at ETSU, she spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Ole Miss, where she worked with the post players, oversaw academics, and assisted with recruiting.
Following four years as a starter for the Mavericks at UT Arlington, Dowell coached for five seasons at her alma mater where she earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports studies.