Gowan took over the reins of the Green Terror women's basketball program for the 2019-20 season after spending the previous two seasons as the head coach at Southern Vermont College.
In her first season with McDaniel, she won her opening two games on the sideline en route to 10 victories.
Gowan improved her Mountaineers team each season at the helm, culminating with the team’s first conference tournament appearance in four years in 2019. She successfully recruited on a national level with athletes representing seven states on the 2018-19 roster.
While at Southern Vermont, she also served as associate director of athletics, serving as senior woman’s administrator and overseeing compliance and game-day management. She was also tabbed interim director of athletics last summer.
Prior to her arrival in Bennington, she was an assistant coach at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 2015-17.
Before her time with the Tigers, she served as an assistant coach at Division II California State University-Stanislaus, where she earned her bachelor of arts in psychology in 2011.
While a student at Stanislaus, Gowan was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team and was named the institution’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior. She also earned a spot on the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s All-Academic Team three times. She was a CoSIDA Academic All-District second team selection in 2011.
As a player, she was the team leader in 3-pointers as a junior and a senior and led the team in assists with 114 as a senior. She still holds the Warriors’ record for best free-throw percentage in a single season, hitting 70 of 80 attempts (87.5 percent) in 2007-08. She also holds the career free-throw percentage record at 79.5 percent (267 of 336).
Gowan earned her master of arts in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia-Irvine in 2013.