DUNK CITY, Fla. – FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh announced on Wednesday the hiring of Joe Dooley, an assistant coach at the University of Kansas, as the third men’s basketball head coach in program history.
Possessing 25 years of coaching experience as an assistant coach and head coach, Dooley spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant at Kansas under head coach Bill Self. Over the last 10 seasons, Kansas produced 300 wins, nine straight Big 12 regular season titles, six Big 12 Tournament championships, six NCAA Sweet 16s, five NCAA Elite Eight appearances, two Final Fours, including the 2008 National Championship.
Dooley will be formally introduced on Monday at a 1:30 p.m. press conference held on the second floor of Alico Arena.
Dooley takes over an FGCU program that wrapped up its sixth season in Division I with a 26-11 overall record, an A-Sun Tournament title and a run to the NCAA Sweet 16 to become the first No. 15 seed to do so. Dooley has extended offers for assistant coaches Marty Richter and Michael Fly to remain with the program along with director of operations Joey Cantens.
Dooley joined Self, a four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, for his inaugural season at Kansas in 2003-04, resulting in a 300-58 record over the last 10 seasons, including a 137-27 mark in Big 12 that includes the aforementioned nine Big 12 regular season crowns and six Big 12 Tournament titles. Kansas has been the winningest Division I program in the nation over the last seven seasons with six 30-win campaigns, including an NCAA-best four straight.
In July 2010, Dooley was ranked first in the Top 25 High-Major Assistants by Foxsports.com, which was up from his No. 6 ranking by the media outlet in 2008. In 2007, he was rated the fourth-best recruiter in the nation by Rivals.com for the class that included McDonald's All-American Cole Aldrich and Tyrel Reed. He also brought in future NBA draftees Sasha Kaun and Mario Chalmers.
Taking over the helm of a program that has become known for its up-tempo style, Dooley’s 10 seasons with Kansas yielded nine in which the Jayhawks averaged more than 75 points per contest, including 80 or more three times. Kansas finished in the top three in the Big 12 in scoring seven of the last 10 years, highlighted by the 2009-10 and 2010-11 campaigns in which it posted a league-high 81.6 and 81.2 points per contest, respectively.
Style and player development were key ingredients to the Jayhawks’ offensive ability, as Kansas has produced 14 NBA draft picks, including nine first round selections in the last 10 seasons. Following the 2008 National Championship, five Jayhawks were drafted, which at the time equaled the record set by UConn in 2006 and Florida in 2007. Of the nine first round choices, seven were Lottery (Top 14) selections, including five over the last three drafts.
Dooley joined Self in Kansas after serving one season as an assistant coach at Wyoming, helping the Cowboys to a 21-11 record and a berth in the postseason NIT.
Prior to Wyoming, Dooley served on the coaching staff at New Mexico from 1999-2002 under head coach Fran Fraschilla. The primary recruiter for the Lobos and also was involved in scouting and scheduling. Dooley was part of three straight winning seasons and NIT appearances.
It won’t be Dooley’s first collegiate head coaching position, as he led East Carolina to a 57-52 record over four seasons prior to his stint at New Mexico. Dooley is one of just two head coaches in East Carolina history to produce a winning record at the Division I level. In his first season at the helm in 1995-96, Dooley also became the winningest first-year head coach in more than 20 years with a 17-11 mark.
Dooley was elevated to head coach at East Carolina after serving four years (1991-95) as an assistant under current USC Upstate head coach Eddie Payne. The Pirates advanced to the 1993 NCAA Tournament during that span, the program’s first appearance in 21 seasons.
His first college coaching position was at South Carolina, where he coached three seasons (1988-89 through 1990-91).
Dooley is a 1988 graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his bachelor's degree in speech communications. A four-year letterwinner in basketball at George Washington, he started his last two seasons and was elected a team captain as a senior.
A native of West Orange, N.J., Dooley was an outstanding prep player at St. Benedicts High School in New Jersey where he set a then-school record with 1,140 career points.
He and his wife, Tanya, have a son, Max.