Jan. 2, 2000
Doherty died Jan. 2 in Tucson, Ariz., at 81, after a long
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.
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
its stadium in his honor.
Doherty is survived by his wife, Irene; six sons; and three daughters.