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Possessing 25 years of coaching experience as an assistant and head coach, Joe Dooley was introduced as the third head coach in FGCU history on April 22, 2012, taking over duties as Mayor of “Dunk City.”
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.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Joe, Tanya, and Max Dooley to FGCU, Southwest Florida, and our Eagles’ Athletics Family,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “A quality individual, Joe is a proven winner and brings to FGCU a tremendous wealth of experience and coaching success. In turn, he was selected from a tremendous group of candidates, not the least of which was interim head coach Marty Richter. An individual who has contributed significantly to our Sweet 16 run, we are also very appreciative of Coach Richter’s many contributions over the recent weeks.”
“In particular, Coach Dooley possesses a background of demonstrated commitment to excellence both on the court and in the classroom,” Kavanagh continued. “We look forward to him providing energized daily leadership to our student-athletes, quickly getting engaged with our growing fan base and maintaining our program amongst the upper echelon of the Atlantic Sun Conference and beyond.”
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.