Dougherty's first-team all-Inter-Ac players:
MALVERN PREP, 1962-66
1962: Dave Baxter
1964: Larry Cabrelli, Tom Keavney
1965: Jack Donoghue, Bob Mahoney
1966: Joe Walters, Fran Dunphy
EPISCOPAL ACADEMY, 1977-97
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
EPISCOPAL ACADEMY, 2001-10
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 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
ALWAYS after recent basketball seasons, Dan
Dougherty gave himself roughly a month to
regroup and take stock.
more he thought about it, the more he knew.
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."
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
Continued at bottom of
page . . .
1965: 14-0, 20-3
1966: 13-1, 18-5
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
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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You are not only a great coach and teacher but most important a great
-- Jack Rutter
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
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
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
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
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
Gerald Henderson (Charlotte)
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
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
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
"Dan did struggle with this decision," Maryellen
Dougherty said. "But he feels at peace with it."
Next stop: The local garden center . . . Maybe.
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
By TED SILARY
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
"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.