Doherty lands at Florida Atlantic
Boca Raton, FL (Sports Network) – Matt Doherty was named the men’s basketball
coach at Florida Atlantic on Monday.
“My family and I are excited about becoming a part of the FAU family,” Doherty
said. “It is exciting to be a part of the dynamic leadership and vision of
Doherty, a star player for Dean Smith at North Carolina, was the head coach at
his alma mater from 2000-03. In his last season, the Tar Heels were eliminated
from the NIT by Georgetown in the quarterfinals and finished the 2002-03
season with a record of 19-16. In three seasons, Doherty posted a 53-43
record in Chapel Hill, including a 22-25 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference
He won the National Coach of the Year Award in his first season at North
Carolina, leading the Tar Heels to 26 wins and a No. 1 ranking late in the
regular season. UNC, however, was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by
upstart Penn State in the second round.
In 2001-02, the Tar Heels had their worst season ever, finishing 8-20. Issues
about player relationships surrounded Doherty since and ultimately led to
Doherty, who becomes the fifth head coach of the Owls, has a career record of
75-58, including one season at Notre Dame when he led the Irish to a 22-15
mark during the 1999-00 season. Prior to leading the Irish, Doherty spent
seven seasons as an assistant at Kansas under current Tar Heels coach Roy
Williams. Williams replaced Doherty in Chapel Hill and won the national title
“Coach Doherty’s talent, experience and dedication will help lead FAU’s
basketball program to the next level of athletic competition,” said president
Frank T. Brogran.
Doherty posted a record of 117-21 in four seasons as a player. As a senior in
1984, Doherty was part of a squad that posted a 14-0 record in the ACC
and was ranked No. 1 in the final polls. In 1982, in his second season, a
Tar Heels’ squad led by Michael Jordan, won the national title.
Sidney Green, who became Florida Atlantic’s fourth head coach in March of
1999, was reassigned after this season. Green spent six campaigns at the helm
of the Owls’ program, compiling a 54-121 mark. This season, Florida Atlantic
struggled to a 10-17 record.
In 2001-02, Green guided Florida Atlantic to its first Atlantic Sun Conference
championship and first trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was also named the
conference coach of the year in 2002 after the Owls racked up 19 wins that