Doherty Takes Over D-III Haverford as Head Coach
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette associate head coach Pat Doherty has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at Haverford College, the eight-year assistant announced on Thursday morning.
Doherty spent eight years on the sidelines for the Maroon and White, with the last five as head coach Fran O’Hanlon’s associate head coach. He will take over at Haverford for Michael Mucci, who announced his retirement in March following a 22-year run on the sidelines for the Fords.
“First and foremost, I want to thank Coach O’Hanlon for allowing me to be a part of this program,” Doherty said. “What I’ve learned from him, first as a student-athlete and more recently as an assistant coach, has helped to shape who I am and what kind of coach I want to be moving forward in my career. I’ll be forever indebted to Coach O and I couldn’t have asked for a better role model and mentor.”
Doherty graduated from Lafayette in 2004, playing as a walk-on under O’Hanlon during the 2000-01 season. Following graduation, he worked as a player/coach for Northstar Basketball Club in Northern Ireland for PeacePlayers International, a non-profit organization that uses basketball to unite and educate children and their communities in areas of the world that are historically characterized by strife.
From there, he coached on the high school level at Central Bucks East in Doylestown, Pa. in 2006-07 and entered the college ranks the following season as an assistant at The College of New Jersey. In 2008-09, he moved to Williams College, helping to lead the Ephs to a 17-9 record, going 6-3 in NESCAC play and reaching the tournament semifinals. Doherty then joined Lafayette for the 2009-10 season and has been on College Hill ever since.
“I also want to thank the student-athletes, current and former, who I’ve had the chance to coach in the past eight years,” Doherty added. “I’ve learned so much from them and I’ll remember with pride their many accomplishments, in both the academic and athletic arenas at Lafayette.”
In his first two seasons with the Leopards, Doherty helped lead the team to back-to-back appearances in the Patriot League Tournament championship game in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Additionally, the team made title game appearances in 2013-14 and 2014-15, winning it all just three seasons ago.
Doherty focused primarily on the forwards during his time coaching the Maroon and White, helping Dan Trist earn one of two unanimous spots on the All-Patriot League First Team in 2014-15. Additionally, he’s been integral in the development of rising senior Matt Klinewski, who earned a spot on the All-Patriot League Third Team a season ago after leading the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game.
“Finally, I want to thank Bruce McCutcheon, his administrative team, and all of my fellow coaches and athletic department staff members here at Lafayette,” Doherty concluded. “The Lafayette community has given so much support to me and my family, and to all of you I will be forever grateful and forever a Leopard.”