Rodney Douglas Dowhower (born April 15, 1943) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Stanford University in 1979 and at Vanderbilt University from 1995 to 1996, compiling a career college football record of 9–23–1. Dowhower was also the coach of the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts in 1985 and 1986, where he tallied a record of 5–24. He was fired after losing 13 straight games to begin the 1986 season.

Rod Dowhower
Biographical details
Born (1943-04-15) April 15, 1943 (age 76)
Ord, Nebraska
Playing career
1963–1965San Diego State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966San Diego State (GA)
1967San Diego State (QB/WR)
1968–1972San Diego State (OC)
1973St. Louis Cardinals (WR)
1974–1975UCLA (OC)
1976Boise State (OC)
1977–1978Stanford (WR)
1980Denver Broncos (OC)
1981–1982Denver Broncos (WR)
1983–1984St. Louis Cardinals (OC/QB)
1985–1986Indianapolis Colts
1987–1989Atlanta Falcons (OC)
1990–1993Washington Redskins (QB)
1994Cleveland Browns (QB)
1997–1998New York Giants (QB)
1999–2001Philadelphia Eagles (OC)
Head coaching record
Overall9–23–1 (college)
5–24 (NFL)
Accomplishments and honors

Dowhower attended San Diego State University where he played football. He served as an assistant coach at San Diego State, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Boise State University. Dowhower was also an assistant coach for a number of NFL teams: the St. Louis Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Stanford Cardinals (Pacific-10 Conference) (1979)
1979 Stanford 5–5–1 3–3–1 6th
Stanford: 5–5–1 3–3–1
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1995–1996)
1995 Vanderbilt 2–9 1–7 6th (Eastern)
1996 Vanderbilt 2–9 0–8 6th (Eastern)
Vanderbilt: 4–18 1–15
Total: 9–23–1


Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
IND 1985 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC East
IND 1986 0 13 0 .000 5th in AFC East
IND total 5 24 0 .172
Total 5 24 0 .172

Coaching treeEdit

Assistant coaches under Dowhower who became college or NFL head coaches: