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Joe Dougherty is in his second stint on the Lafayette coaching staff and the development of the defensive line is his charge.
As he enters the 2012 season, big things are expected from the front line as seniors Rick Lyster, Jason Marshalek and Tahir Basil return as starters. Lyster is a team captain, coming off an All-Patriot League Second Team selection.
In 2010, Dougherty had the benefit of coaching experienced seniors in Doug Gerowski '11 and Mike Phillips '11. Gerowski earned All-Patriot League Second-Team laurels, while Phillips led the Leopards with 10 tackles for loss on the season.
In his first season as the defensive line coach in 2009, Dougherty oversaw what most considered to be the best front four in the Patriot League and certainly the top defensive line in defensive coordinator John Loose's tenure. Both tackles, Ian Dell '10 and Andrew Poulson '10, collected All-Patriot League honors. The duo combined for 20 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks on the 11th best run defense in the country.
Dougherty coached the running backs in 2007 and the wide receivers in 2008 and also mentored the Leopard wideouts in his first coaching tour on College Hill in 2003. In 2008, Dougherty worked with two-time All-Patriot League wide receiver Shaun Adair who left Lafayette in the top five in career receiving yards and receptions and helped Tim Watson emerge as on the of the Leopards' top receivers as a senior.
In 2006, when Dougherty returned for his second stint on College Hill, he worked with tailback Jonathan Hurt `07 who ripped off 1,165 yards on his way to Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honors. Hurt scored 17 touchdowns, 15 on the ground and was 14th in the nation and first in the conference in scoring (8.5 ppg).
Dougherty was the wide receivers coach and special teams' coordinator at Fordham in 2004 and 2005. He coached the All-Patriot League First-Team kicker and punter in 2005, and implemented the league's top punt coverage scheme. In 2004, the punt return unit led the Patriot League in yards per return.
Dougherty mentored two of Lafayette's top six all-time receivers through their senior seasons in 2003. John Weyrauch `04, the school's career record holder in both receptions and yards, and Jeremy Burkes `04 combined for 77 catches, 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns. Burkes recorded 234 yards and Weyrauch had 130 yards receiving against Columbia in 2003 as Marko Glavic broke the school record with 453 yards passing against the Lions, including three plays of more than 50 yards.
Dougherty was a member of the coaching staff at Rowan for two years before his first stint at Lafayette, serving as quarterbacks coach (2002) and linebackers coach (2001) and the recruiting coordinator both seasons. Rowan was a Division III national semi-finalist in his first season, and finished 2002 ranked second in the country. He was offensive coordinator at Bishop Hafey High School in Hazleton, Pa. in 1999 and 2000.
A 1999 Dickinson graduate, Dougherty left Carlisle, Pa. with a bachelor of science degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. He was a four-year letterwinner at wide receiver and wingback and also earned two letters in track and field for the Red Devils.