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FGCU brings Kansas coach to Dunk City

April 19, 2013
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

FGCU director of athletics Ken Kavanagh announced Wednesday the hiring of Joe Dooley, an assistant coach at the University of Kansas, as the Eagles' third men's basketball head coach.

Possessing 25 years experience as an assistant coach and head coach, Dooley spent the last 10 seasons as an assistant at Kansas with 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 and 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 athletics family," said 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 will be introduced formally at a 1:30 p.m. press conference on Monday at Alico Arena.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity that President Bradshaw and Ken Kavanagh have presented to us at FGCU," said Dooley. "My family is very excited about the opportunity. It's a great situation and opportunity to build on some great success that they have had. We're really looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm also appreciative of all that Bill and Cindy Self have done for us and the great players and fans at Kansas. It's been a great 10 years and a great experience at KU for me and my family."

Dooley takes over an Eagles program that wrapped up its sixth season in Division I with a 26-11 overall record, an A-Sun Tournament title and a run to the NCAA Sweet 16 to become the first No. 15 seed to do so. Dooley has extended offers for assistant coaches Marty Richter and Michael Fly to remain with the program along with director of operations Joey Cantens.

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.

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.

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.

It won't be Dooley's first collegiate head coaching job. He led East Carolina to a 57-52 record over four seasons prior to a 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.



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