Clint Dowdle Joins World-Renowned CAA
Clint Dowdle Joins World-Renowned CAA
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Clint Dowdle, who has played a key role in the continued growth and development of the Kansas State athletics program in his three years as Associate Athletics Director/Chief of Staff, has joined the Coaches Division of the prestigious Creative Artists Agency.
In his new role, which will begin June 1, Dowdle will return home to his native Memphis, Tennessee, where he will work with prominent agents Jimmy Sexton, Trace Armstrong and Bret Just to grow its base of college and professional coaching clients. CAA represents many of the top coaches at the collegiate and professional levels, and CAA is bringing in Dowdle to deepen its pool of coaches and assist Sexton with the day-to-day operations of the Coaches and Football Divisions.
"All of us in the K-State Athletics family are very proud and excited for Clint to have this opportunity, but he will be missed dearly by each and every one of our staff members, coaches and our 450-plus student-athletes," said K-State Athletics Director John Currie. “Clint was a quick learner and was able to immediately earn the trust and confidence of all of our staff and coaches as the department’s chief of staff and a senior administrator while also developing terrific relationships across campus and with our fans and donors. That coupled with his strong knowledge and experience in football and basketball and the relationships he has maintained in the industry have aptly prepared him for this new position, and we wish Catherine and him the very best.”
"I want to thank John Currie, who has been an incredible mentor and friend in my life, along with the entire K-State family for the amazing opportunity these past three years to advance K-State Athletics and provide a world-class experience for our student-athletes," said Dowdle. “Being a member of the K-State family has been so memorable and rewarding, however, the opportunity to join the top sports agency in the world and work alongside Jimmy Sexton, Trace Armstrong and the entire CAA team, is something I could not pass up. I have known Jimmy for a long time, and have tremendous respect for him and CAA. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.”
At K-State, Dowdle played a crucial role in the daily leadership of one of America’s premier intercollegiate athletic programs. He was entrusted with managing the day-to-day operations and strategic planning of the K-State Athletics Department while providing direct oversight of football, tennis and rowing. Dowdle also oversaw the equipment operations, supervised special projects, managed the K-State Nike contract and coordinated department communication with the KSA Board of Directors other University constituencies.
Dowdle was also heavily involved in the management of multiple capital projects, including the Vanier Family Football Complex, Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, the Intercollegiate Rowing Center and currently Phase IIIB of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. In addition to identifying and hiring numerous key staff members in the department, Dowdle managed the search and hiring process for the head coaches of women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s soccer.
“Clint is a young, energetic rising star in athletics world,” said head men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber. “He has tremendous people skills and has developed an extensive background dealing with both coaches and student-athletes alike. He has a great future ahead of him. The staff and I certainly enjoyed working with him these past three years and he will be missed by many at K-State. I look forward to seeing his career develop in the future.”
Prior to his arrival in Manhattan, Dowdle spent four years at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) under head coach Dave Clawson, serving as the Assistant Athletics Director for Football and External Relations. Dowdle also served as a member of the Athletic Departments Senior Management Team led by Athletic Director, Greg Christopher.
Dowdle’s career began at the University of Tennessee where he served as a Graduate Assistant before being promoted to the Assistant Director of Football Operations position under hall of fame coach Phillip Fulmer. Highlights during his four-year tenure included two Outback Bowl appearances and a SEC East championship in 2007. While at the University Tennessee, Dowdle earned his Master’s degree in Sport Management.
"Clint is a very conscientious, caring, personable and competent young man who worked well with (Associate Head Coach) Sean and our entire staff,” added head football coach Bill Snyder. “He will be missed.”
The Memphis native earned his business management degree in 2005 from Christian Brothers University, where he was a four-year basketball starter and three year captain. He led the team in minutes, assists and steals all four years and twice was named Academic All-Gulf South Conference.