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Duck Dowell


Duck Dowell

Duck Dowell
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1912-08-14)August 14, 1912
Gilman City, Missouri
Died November 27, 2003(2003-11-27) (aged 91)
Yucca Valley, California
Playing career
1929–1931 NW Missouri State
1928–1932 NW Missouri State
1936–1937 Denver Piggly Wigglies (AAU)
1937–1938 Akron Firestone Non-Skids (NBL)
Position(s) Forward / Center (basketball) (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1952 Pepperdine
1945–1947 High school
1947–1948 Modesto JC
1948–1968 Pepperdine
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1955–1968 Pepperdine
Head coaching record
Overall 263–263 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
  • 5× conference (1950–1953, 1962)

Robert L. "Duck" Dowell (August 14, 1912 – November 27, 2003) was an American professional basketball player for the Akron Firestone Non-Skids in the United States' National Basketball League during the 1937–38 season.[1] After an All-American collegiate career at Northwest Missouri State, Dowell also competed in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) for the Denver Piggly Wigglies.[2]

Dowell also served as Pepperdine University's head coach for the men's basketball and football teams. As the basketball coach, he compiled an overall record of 263 wins and 263 losses between 1948–49 and 1967–68.[2][3] Pepperdine won the California Collegiate Athletic Association titles for four consecutive seasons, from 1950 to 1953.[2] His 1961–62 squad won the West Coast Conference and advanced the 1962 NCAA Tournament's West Regional Semifinal round.[4] Dowell also coached the football team during the 1951 and 1952 seasons, which are described as "rebuilding" years in the school's football archive.[5]


  1. ^ "Robert Dowell NBL stats". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c White, Lonnie (December 3, 2003). "Robert 'Duck' Dowell, 91; Basketball Coach Led Pepperdine Waves to Four State Titles".  
  3. ^ "Duck Dowell coaching record". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "1961–62 Pepperdine Waves season". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The History of Pepperdine Football". Pepperdine University. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 

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