As a stellar athlete at Western Carolina University, T. Jean Dowell understood what it took to be a good coach, how to motivate players to succeed and to groom champions along the way. Jean was a longtime member of the Mount’s athletic staff; coach of the women’s basketball team (1970-1994) and as the College’s athletic director (1978-1992). Under Jean’s tutelage, the Lions made six straight NAIA District 22 appearances (1988-1993) and in 1992 won their first NAIA District 22 Championship advancing to the Final Four of the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Monmouth, Oregon. She has received the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Foundation Coach of the Year inaugural award, was named the1991 NAIA District 22 Female Administrator of the Year, and inducted into the Communiplex Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. Jean also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Georgia School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Today Jean lives in Delhi where she is active in local politics and volunteers at a soup kitchen and food pantry, and with the poor and disenfranchised of the area.