Men's Basketball Coaches
Joe Dooley
Joe Dooley
Head Coach
Joe Dooley

YEAR AT FGCU:2nd Season
ALMA MATER:George Washington '88

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Years as a Head Coach: 5
Years as an Assistant Coach: 21
Years at FGCU: 1 (Hired April 22, 2013)

Joe Dooley completed his first season on the FGCU sidelines in 2013-14, guiding the Eagles to their first Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship and first trip to the NIT. FGCU finished the year with a 22-13 record, including a record 14 wins as part of a 14-4 A-Sun mark. The 22 victories were the most in Dooley’s tenure as a head coach, and represented the second-most in FGCU’s Division-I era (2007-08).

Dooley coached three all-conference picks during the season as Brett Comer and Bernard Thompson were both tabbed as A-Sun First Team members, and Chase Fieler was named to the A-Sun Second Team. Both Thompson and Fieler were named to the A-Sun All-Tournament Team as well, and throughout the course of the year Comer earned two A-Sun Player of the Week awards while Fieler garnered one.

From the first time he set foot on the beach-lined campus, Dooley stressed the importance of filling Alico Arena, and the fans responded during the 2013-14 season as the Eagles posted a season-high-tying 15 home victories inside the friendly confines. A record 73,780 fans – including 13 sellouts, six standing-room sellouts and an average of 4,340 – witnessed Dunk City in action at Alico, roughly 12,000 more than the previous two seasons combined.

Dooley, who returns nine letterwinners in 2014-15 in addition to welcoming four high-major transfers who will be eligible, was named by ESPN in August 2013 as one of the top-two new hires positioned for success.

Prior to arriving in SWFL, Dooley spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Kansas under head coach Bill Self. During those 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 and two Final Fours, including the 2008 National Championship.

Dooley joined Self, a four-time Big 12 Coach of the Year during their 10 campaigns together, 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. From 2006-07 through 2012-13, Kansas was the winningest D-I program in the nation 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, 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 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.

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 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 game, respectively.

Style and player development were key ingredients to the Jayhawks’ offensive ability, as Dooley recruited or coached 14 NBA draft picks in his 10 years in Lawrence, including nine first-round selections. 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.

Dooley joined Self in Kansas after serving the 2002-03 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. Dooley was 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.

Dooley’s first head coaching job was at East Carolina, leading the program to a 57-52 record over four seasons prior to his stint at New Mexico. Dooley is one of just two head coaches in ECU history to produce a winning record at the D-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 GW, 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.