Neil Dougherty

Cornelius Aaron "Neil" Dougherty (born Apr. 14, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas) is the current head men's basketball coach at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Dougherty played basketball at West Point for two years under coach Mike Krzyzewski before transferring to Cameron University, where he played his final two years and earned his degree in 1984.


Assistant coaching career
Dougherty began his coaching career in 1984 at Cameron, where he served as an assistant until 1988. He then moved on to take similar positions at Drake, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. He was an assistant of Roy Williams at University of Kansas for many years.

On March 25, 2002, Dougherty was hired as the 18th head coach at TCU, replacing Billy Tubbs. Because Dougherty's defensive-minded approach clashed with Tubbs' up-tempo, high scoring approach, the team struggled to adjust in his first year, winnng just nine games. The next year they improved by three wins, with the season's highlight coming with a nationally-televised 25-point victory over 10th-ranked Louisville, coached by Rick Pitino. In 2004-2005, the Horned Frogs finished 21-14, advancing to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament.

However, after losing star guards Corey Santee and Marcus Shropshire to graduation, the Frogs failed to build on the NIT momentum and stumbled to a 6-25 record in 2005-2006. This caused many TCU boosters and local media figures to question whether or not Dougherty was the right person for the job. His 2006-2007 team made a small improvement, finishing 13-17, but the season also included an eleven-game losing streak, which did little to quiet Dougherty's critics.

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