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Edward A. "Ed" Doherty
Sport Football
Born 1920
Place of birth Andover, Massachusetts
Died January 2, 2000
Place of death Tucson, Arizona
Career highlights
Overall 67-83-3
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1967 Arizona Class AA High School Football Championship
1968 Arizona Class AA High School Football Championship
1967 Arizona High School Football Coach of the Year [1]
Playing career
1941-1943 Boston College
Position Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Notre Dame (AC)
Arizona State
Rhode Island
Punchard High School
Lawrence High School
Philadelphia Eagles (AC)
St. Augustine High School
St. Mary's High School
Holy Cross
Salpointe Catholic High School

Edward A. "Ed" Doherty (born 1920 in Andover, Massachusetts, died January 2, 2000 in Tucson, Arizona [2]) was a college football player and coach who served as head football coach at Arizona State, Arizona, Holy Cross, and Rhode Island. He is the only person to serve as head coach of Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. [3]



Doherty played quarterback at Boston College from 1941-1943. He was nicknamed "The Brain" for his innovative style. [4] When most of the Boston College coaching staff left for military duty in 1943, Doherty, then a senior, was a finalist for the job of head coach. The job would eventually go to line coach Moody Sarno. Doherty was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round (39th overall) of the 1944 NFL Draft, but instead joined the United States Navy.


After one season as an assistant at Notre Dame [5], Doherty became head coach at Arizona State, where he compiled a 25-17 record from 1947 to 1950. He left after ASU five days after defeating rival Arizona 47-13 because he felt that he didn't have enough job security. [6] [7]

In 1951, he coached at Rhode Island, where he compiled a 3-5 record.

From 1952-1954, Doherty coached high school football at Punchard High School (1952) and Lawrence High School (1953-1954). He returned to college football in 1957 after one season as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles.

From 1957 to 1958, Doherty coached at Arizona, where he compiled a 4-15-1 record. Unlikely to be brought back for a third season, Doherty resigned and became head coach of Xavier University.

After two years out of the game, Doherty returned to coaching in 1964 as the head coach of St. Augustine High School in San Diego, California. [8] From 1965-1970 he was head coach at St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1967-1969, Doherty coached St. Mary's to three straight state championship games, winning in 1967 and 1968. [9]

From 1971 to 1975, he coached at Holy Cross, where he compiled a 20-31-2 record.

After leaving Holy Cross, Doherty returned to Arizona where he coached Salpointe Catholic High School from 1978-1982 and was the school's athletic director until 1990. He coached the Lancers to the 1981 state championship game. [10]

In 1991, Salpointe Catholic named their new stadium in honor of Doherty. [11] The Active 20-30 Clubs of Arizona also honored Doherty by naming their high school football player of the year trophy the Ed Doherty Award. [12]

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