Coach Justin McDowell

Current Team

Entering the 2017-18 season, Head Coach Justin McDowell returns to the Razorbacks for his fourth season as a coach and his ninth overall. He began his hockey career at the age of four when he started playing for the Dallas Junior Hockey Association (DJHA Penguins).

Coach McDowell joined the Razorbacks after graduating from Plano Senior High in 2009 where he played three years of varsity hockey. During the 2009-10 season, his first as an Ice Hog, Coach McDowell helped the team earn a regular season SECHC conference title, South Regional championship, and a trip to Nationals—all program firsts. After helping the team compile a 27-7-1 record in 2010-11, Coach McDowell was named an Assistant Captain for the 2011-12 season when the team earned a third consecutive regular season SECHC title.

He would serve as Captain of the team for both the 2012-13 & 2013-14 campaigns when the team won its fourth and fifth consecutive regular season conference titles, won two more SECHC playoff championships, earned another trip to Nationals, and amassed a total of fifty-eight more wins. The team won a total of 132 games during Coach McDowell’s five years and he personally earned third team All-Conference honors (2011-12), represented the Razorbacks at the ACHA DIII All-Star Challenge (2011-12), and was recognized on the SECHC Academic Honor List (2013-14).

Coach McDowell holds a B.A. from the University of Arkansas (’13) and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Arkansas (’16).  He is a certified Level I coach with USA Hockey.  Off the ice, Coach McDowell works as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Health Initiatives Research, a research facility specializing in Alzheimer’s research.