Dan Dougherty's first-team all-Inter-Ac players:

1962: Dave Baxter
1964: Larry Cabrelli, Tom Keavney
1965: Jack Donoghue, Bob Mahoney
1966: Joe Walters, Fran Dunphy
1979: Charles Hickman, Sean Perretta, Dan Dougherty
1980: Charles Hickman, Dan Dougherty
1981: Charles Hickman
1982: Pete Gregory, Jim Farrell, James "Bruiser" Flint
1983: James "Bruiser" Flint, Anthony Dade
1984: Dolph Tokarczyk
1986: Jeff Hines
1987: Jeff Hines
1988: Paul Chambers, Eugene Burroughs
1989: Eugene Burroughs
1990: Eugene Burroughs, Jerome Allen, Eric Moore
1991: Jerome Allen, Eric Moore
1992: Brian Dougherty
1993: Mike Abate, Chris Person
1996: John Phillips
1997: John Phillips
2001: Terrence Mack
2002: Terrence Mack
2004: Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson
2005: Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson, Mike Yocum
2006: Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson, Mike Yocum
2008: Jack O'Neill
2009: Omari Grier

Dan Dougherty
Celebration Page

Dan Dougherty retired in mid-April 2010 as the winningest coach in city-leagues basketball
history after 36 total seasons at Malvern Prep
and Episcopal Academy. Here's the story announcing Doc's retirement and look below for your messages
of thanks, memories, best wishes, etc.
Retiring Episcopal Academy coach Dougherty has coached 'em all
By Ted Silary

   LIKE ALWAYS after recent basketball seasons, Dan Dougherty gave himself roughly a month to regroup and take stock.

  The more he thought about it, the more he knew.



 "I know there are some people out there who want me to go for 50 seasons, but I like to stay away from even numbers," he kidded. "When you have the gut feeling . . . The time has come."

  No more W's will be added to the victory total of the winningest coach in city leagues' history. Dougherty, 621-285 in 36 seasons at Malvern Prep (1962-66) and Episcopal Academy (1977-97, 2001-10) with 13 Inter-Ac League championships (12 outright), has retired.

  "He has a lot of nerve," cracked his wife of 51 years, Maryellen. "What am I going to do with myself every Tuesday and Friday?"
Continued at bottom of page . . .

  At Malvern

1965: 14-0, 20-3
1966: 13-1, 18-5
  At Episcopal
1979: 10-0, 21-2
1980: 8-2, 21-4
1982: 10-0, 24-1
1983: 10-0, 24-1
1987: 10-0, 26-2
1988: 8-2 (with PC), 23-2
1989: 9-1, 24-3
1990: 10-0, 24-1
1991: 10-0, 27-2
2005: 10-0, 25-3
2006: 10-0, 27-4
High School

1959-61: Pius X, Potts. (51-26)
1962-66: Malvern (74-31)
1976: Penncrest (7-11)
1977-97: Episcopal (381-150)
2001-10: Episcopal (166-104)
679-322, 621-285 in city leagues

1967-69: Villanova frosh (36-18)
1972-75: Army varsity (31-66)

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Click here for photos from the retirement party at Episcopal, 5/20/10.

  You are not only a great coach and teacher but most important a great person.
-- Jack Rutter
Bishop McDevitt
Uncle Dan,
  There will never be another one like you.  Your success as a coach has made you legendary, but the person you are is why we love you so much.  We have enjoyed watching all of your teams over the years, and watching you on the bench was always entertaining!   Thank you for being my mentor, friend, and uncle, and thank you for teaching me how to play this game the right way.
-- Tricia Dougherty Decker
  Dan Dougherty means the world to me. Without him, I have no idea where I'd be in my life. He was my great high school coach at Malvern and put up with my ineptness in the math classroom. He was also by baseball coach and assistant football coach and he helped me get a scholarship to La Salle. He took me to work with him at West Point and kept me around, even though I didn't do a great job. He has been a super mentor to me and so many of my coaching friends. We talk once a month for a half-hour or so and it's always so much fun. If we let it, it could easily be an hour. If there's one person in my life to praise, to honor, to make a fuss over, it's Dan Dougherty. And there are many, just like me, who owe him so much.
-- Fran Dunphy
  Very simply, there is not a better High School Basketball Coach in America than Dan Dougherty.  Of all the great wins and Inter-Ac titles I was a part of at EA, my best memories were of Coach Doc's practices.  My favorite part of practice was 3 on 3 full court.  This was a daily battle with no fouls and no out-of-bounds and elbows (he called them greeting cards) flying everywhere.  I can remember guys flying into the ball rack, into the hallway and down the stairs going after loose balls.  When you were a young guy on JV; it was your chance to get after the older guys and earn their respect.  When you became an upperclassmen; it was time to teach the young guys the game the way Coach Doc wanted it to be played.  There was nothing better.
  What a lot of people don't know is how good Coach Doc was as a math teacher.  Just like he did as a coach, he made things seem very simple and straight forward.  He had his rules in the classroom just as he did on the court.  I can remember him chasing me around the classroom because my shoes were untied and many of us had to go outside and clap the chalk out of the erasers from time to time.  When he wasn't teaching, his classroom was always filled with students that wanted to be around him for advice or just to talk with him.  He was an integral part of the Episcopal campus community even if you never stepped on a basketball court.
  I would do anything to be back in high school playing for Coach Doc, it was an unforgettable time in my life.  I truly respect that he never swore in all the years I knew him at Episcopal and Tecumseh.  He did not need to do it to get a point across.  His presence alone motivated all of us to run through a wall for him because we never wanted to let him down.  He created a tradition of discipline, toughness, unselfishness and success at Episcopal that would be hard to match.
  I was very sad to hear that he has decided to retire.  I hope that he will come down to Penn and talk to Jerome and our staff about what he sees in our team.  Congrats Coach Doc on an unbelievable run over the years.  Nobody did it with more class and dignity. 
-- Dan Leibovitz
EA '92
  During most of my tenure at West Catholic, I had the privilege and the pleasure to compete against Coach Dougherty's teams. As a young coach I watched his teams attentively and listened closely when we would talk, so that I wouldn't miss a word. Over the next two decades that would never change, my respect for the Coach is only overshadowed by my respect for the Man himself. We have been blessed in this City with Dan Dougherty and Speedy Morris. Two legends of the game and of life. They taught us how to Coach, but more importantly they taught us how to be better sons, brothers, husbands and fathers. For that I'm forever grateful.
Coach Dougherty, Thank you for being a Friend !!! Good Luck and God Bless you and your Family.
-- Billy Ludlow
  I had the pleasure of having Dan Dougherty as a teacher and coach, positions in which he was equally effective. Mr. Doc was an important contributor to the productive culture at The Episcopal Academy during my time there, and, no doubt, in subsequent years. During my time as a student at EA,  Coach Doc stood out as a stable presence, and always enjoyed the opportunity to provide support as a coach, teacher and friend.  He commands respect because he is fair, loyal and direct.  I've heard the word "tough" used as a descriptive adjective to describe the man; however, the only context of this term which may apply to Coach Doc is the fact that he always saw a student or player's potential and demanded your fullest effort.  Life is "tough" (though we might not have appreciated this fact during our high school years), and Mr. Doc wanted those he could influence to stand up and be counted by giving it your "all".  While there are big shoes to fill at The Episcopal Academy on and off the court, those following in Doc's footsteps need only look at his modus operandi (i.e. be fair, no-nonsense approach, demand one's best effort, etc.) to find the best road map for success.  Coach Doc was an important person in my high school experience, and I owe him much credit for my development.  Thank you, Coach Doc, for the support you provided me many years ago!
Best Wishes,
Fran Murray, EA '84





The Rest of the Story . . .

  She added, "Dan's not really a hobby guy. Doesn't like traveling that much, either. Maybe I can get him to do some gardening."

  Dan's response: "Good luck with that. We live in Roxborough. Too many rocks in the ground."

  In all, Dougherty, 74, posted a 40-season high school record of 679-322, counting three (1959-61) at St. Pius X, in Pottstown, and one at Penncrest ('76). He was also the freshman coach at Villanova from 1967-69, a varsity assistant in '70 and '71 and the head coach at Army from 1972-75.

  Oh, and his total, complete, counting-everything record should be 746-407. You see, there was the time - in 1960, he's pretty sure - when he served as a fill-in coach for a team of nurses representing St. Joseph's Hospital, on Girard Avenue.

  "Maryellen was the coach and her sister, Peg, was one of the players," he said. "Got about an eighth-of-an-inch off the floor, but had a great hook shot. Maryellen was sick one time and I wound up coaching. We lost, and she has never let me forget it."

  Basketball was truly a family affair for the Doughertys.

  Dan, Mike and Brian all played for their dad at Episcopal, and Brian in recent years was an assistant. Mom figures she attended 90 to 95 percent of the games. One of her greatest joys was riding the bus to road games and treating the players to cookies, Hershey kisses, tangerines, etc.

  Dinners at the Dougherty house were also commonplace.

  Just as impressive as Dougherty's win total, perhaps even more so, is that three of the city's Division I college coaches played for him. Fran Dunphy (Temple) did so at Malvern, followed by James "Bruiser" Flint (Drexel) and Jerome Allen (Penn) at Episcopal.

  Two other college head coaches, Hartford's Dan Leibovitz, who resigned from that postion yesterday, and Boston University's Patrick Chambers, also played at Episcopal while Fran O'Hanlon (Lafayette) was on the 'Nova freshman squad in '67. Another former Doc Era Churchman, Eugene Burroughs, is an assistant at Navy.

  "I'm so proud of those guys," Dougherty said. "It's pretty neat that they all came out of a small private school with only about 200 boys [ninth grade on up]."

  So did a pair of NBA rookies, Gerald Henderson (Charlotte) and Wayne Ellington (Minnesota), whose 2006 squad (27-4) was dubbed the best in Inter-Ac history by the Daily News. (Allen also played in the NBA.)

  This past season, Dougherty experienced a bit of a disconnect with his players. His teaching involvement at Episcopal these last 2 years has been limited to math tutoring 3 days a week.

  "This was the first time I had a team with no players I'd ever taught in a regular classroom setting," he said. "That was different. Before, if any issues came up, you always knew you'd see the kids in school and talk things over after class, if need be.

  "Overall, I was happy with how the season wound up. We played pretty good ball over the second half. Only lost by one to [league champ] Chestnut Hill and then finished with that B Bracket championship [in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament] after the bad weather forced that change [from a 16-team overall session to two with eight apiece].

  "We had some good younger players. There's a little bit in the cupboard."

  Dougherty said he has recommended assistant Bud Tosti as his successor. Tosti was 346-229 overall in 23 seasons (1980-2002) at Malvern.

  When asked what he'll miss most about coaching, Dougherty said, "The association with the players, my assistants and coaches around the Inter-Ac. My guys were such a fun group to be around. Swapping those locker- room stories.

  "The Inter-Ac is a unique league. Maybe because it's so small with just the six schools. It's like everyone's a friend. I'm not aware of any animosity."

  As he eases into sports retirement, Dougherty and his wife are looking forward to one wonderful trip. Son Brian, a first-magnitude lacrosse star, will be the goaltender for Team USA during the World Championships in England in July.

  As Dougherty prepared to meet with Episcopal higher-ups and reveal his intentions, he first called many former players.

  "Most of them said, 'No, you gotta stay,' " he reported, laughing.

  "Dan did struggle with this decision," Maryellen Dougherty said. "But he feels at peace with it."

  Next stop: The local garden center . . . Maybe.


And here's another story, from February of 2005

Can't knock the win out of EA coach
Dougherty owns victory mark, long list of admirers


  AS REQUESTED, the trinket still holds a place of honor in Dan Dougherty 's Episcopal Academy mathematics classroom.

  Front blackboard. Upper right corner.

  It's one of those refrigerator magnets and it shows a young girl with these words: "Erin is a super kid. "

  It was given to Dougherty in 1987 by one of his students/advisees and she playfully told him to never take it down, and that she'd be back through the years to check.

  She has kept that promise and now has children in EA's lower school, so she makes occasional visits to speak with the man, as have so many others over 29 years, she came to admire.

  Her identity? Too overwhelming a coincidence. You'd never believe us. But here we go anyway . . .

  The woman is Erin O ' Brien Dugery. Her grandfather was Charles "Obie" O ' Brien . And until just recently, until Dougherty dislodged him, O ' Brien was the winningest coach in the history of city-leagues basketball (Public, Catholic, Inter-Ac. )

  "The next time I see Erin, she probably won't be too happy with me," Dougherty said, smiling.

  O' Brien - Sixers coach Jim O ' Brien is his nephew - won 541 games over 34 seasons (1935-41, 1944-70) at La Salle High and coached, among others, the great Tom Gola ('51). Dougherty is 548-218 in three stints over 31 seasons, thanks to records of 74-31 at Malvern Prep from 1962-66, 381-150 at Episcopal from 1977-97 and 93-37 at EA again from 2001 to the present.

  Overall, he owns 606 high school victories, adding in a 51-26 mark at St. Pius X, in Pottstown, from 1959-61 and 7-11 at Penncrest in '76.

  No. 600, in fact, was garnered Jan. 14 before 3,000-plus at Saint Joseph's University, his alma mater (along with St. Joseph's Prep), when the Churchmen (now 19-2) edged Germantown Academy, 52-51.

  (Father Judge coach Bill Fox, who played for him at La Salle, will be the next to surpass O' Brien 's total. He needs two wins for 542.)

  Dougherty, still with boundless energy at 69, grew up near 4th and Spencer in Olney. His wife, Maryellen ("She says she'll never marry another basketball coach," Dan quipped), lived right nearby on Lawrence Street.

  At the Prep, Doc knew all about La Salle because then, as now, the schools were rivals. And of course, O ' Brien was a big name around the city, and especially in Olney, because he'd coached Gola, who was a product of Incarnation School. Dougherty was a product of the next Catholic school up along 5th Street, St. Helena.

  When Dougherty, fresh from assisting Jack Kraft at Villanova, was Army's coach for four seasons beginning in '72, O ' Brien offered to help by scouting future opponents, and did so for two seasons.

  "Yes, I knew Obie," Dougherty said, when that question first was posed. "A great man and great coach. He set some lofty standards. "

  Ditto for Doc.

  Dougherty has produced 11 Inter-Ac champions (just one had to share) and this season will undoubtedly yield a 12th. Seven titlists have frolicked perfectly through league play.

  Even his few unsuccessful teams have played the right way, and have been devoid of knuckleheads. When Dougherty does have talent, watching his teams ranks high on the list of most enjoyable Philly sports experiences.

  Dougherty figured he was truly finished and would "just fade away" when he stepped down from coaching the Churchmen after the '97 season. Except to make occasional practice visits to help his daughter, Kathy Marshall, then the girls' coach at Abington Friends, he mothballed his clipboard and even went to watch fewer and fewer EA games as time moved on.

  Jim Farrell, one of his former players, coached the Churchmen for the three missing seasons on Dougherty's resume.

  "Jim had an unfortunate experience," Dougherty said. "There were some things going on here that weren't really his fault . . . When Jim stepped down, some of the kids on the team asked me to come back.

  "When I did, I came back refreshed. Winning makes it enjoyable, of course, but even aside from the winning I'm just having fun.

  "I love the challenge of putting together teams with a couple of basketball players and mostly role players. Guys for whom basketball is not even a primary sport. Even on our best teams my first time around, that was usually how we did it. "

  This year's headliners, juniors Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson, are among the country's top prospects. Mike Yocum, a 6-9 junior, also shows D-I promise. But hoops is sport No. 3 for forward Joe Rosati (baseball, football) and point guard Dylan Brown (lacrosse, football).

  Dougherty calls Rosati the best possible leader a team could have. Meanwhile, he has an interesting relationship with Brown. They, um, tend to drive each other nuts, in a fun kind of way.

  At practice recently, during a defensive drill, Brown insisted he was able to see his man even though, according to Dougherty, the guy was behind him on a pretty severe angle.

  "I asked Dylan how he could see him," Dougherty said. "He told me, 'peripheral vision. ' I told him to get out of the gym and use his 'peripheral vision' to find the showers.

  "When I throw a kid out of practice, he has to miss the next game. "

  Dougherty smiled mischievously.

  "I put in Dylan during mopup time so it would lower his scoring average. " (Not exactly astronomical, by the way. )

  Penn coach Fran Dunphy and Drexel's James "Bruiser" Flint played for Doc. As did assistants such as Pat Chambers (Villanova), Eugene Burroughs (Navy) and Dan Leibovitz (Temple).

  His youngest son, Brian, a first team All-America goalie at Maryland and still active in Major League Lacrosse, is Episcopal's JV coach. Mike, the middle, is the head coach at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School. Dan, the eldest, went to training camp with the New York Giants in '84 and is now a commodities trader.

  "On 9/11," Dougherty said, softly, "we went about 4 hours not knowing where he was. "

  Dougherty said he was convinced to go into coaching by Jack Ramsay, of St. Joe's and NBA fame.

  "I've had a lot of fun," he said, "and have tried to be a positive influence. And none of this would be possible without a very understanding wife. Actually, I think she likes this more than I do. She fawns over the kids. Bakes them cookies and things. "

  With Ellington and Henderson still around, everyone figures Dougherty will stay on the scene for one more season. There's also another reason: his grandson, Kieran Marshall, a junior, is on the junior varsity.

  "His sport is lacrosse, really," Dougherty said. "He's a goalie. He's also good at water polo. "

  Ah, grandpop's kind of guy. A role player to mix with the stars.