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Ed Doherty '64
Jan. 2, 2000

Ed Doherty '64Ed Doherty died Jan. 2 in Tucson, Ariz., at 81, after a long illness. 

Mr. Doherty, whose coaching career spanned 35 years, had been involved with both college and high school football teams. The only person to serve as head coach of Arizona State University and Arizona University, he led the Sun Devils from 1947 to 1950 and the Wildcats from 1957 until 1958. Other undergraduate positions included one year at the University of Rhode Island in 1951 and three years at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, during the 1959-1961 seasons. Mr. Doherty was head football coach at Holy Cross from 1971 until 1975. He also coached at Punchard High School, Andover, Mass., in 1952; Lawrence (Mass.) High School, from 1953 until 1954; St. Augustine High School, San Diego, Calif., in 1964; and St. Mary's High School, Phoenix, Ariz., from 1965 to 1970. Mr. Doherty's retirement in 1982 was preceded by a five-year stint at Salpointe Catholic in Tucson. 

A graduate of Boston College, he played quarterback for the team in the early 1940s. 

An innovative strategist, Mr. Doherty introduced "Lazy T" and I-formations to college football; at Arizona University he developed the behind-the-back flip pass that helped Dave Hibbert lead the nation with 61 catches in 1958. In recognition of his many contributions, The Arizona Republic recently named him the 14th all-time greatest Arizona sports architect and, in 1991, Salpointe Catholic named its stadium in his honor. 

Mr. Doherty is survived by his wife, Irene; six sons; and three daughters. 

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