FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU introduced its new head men's basketball coach, Joe Dooley, at a press conference held on the second floor of Alico Arena on Monday afternoon.
Dooley becomes the 3rd head coach in the history of FGCU men's basketball.
Possessing 25 years of coaching experience as an assistant coach and head coach, 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.
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.
Dooley was joined at the press conference on Monday by his family - his wife Tanya and his son Max.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Florida Gulf Coast has hired Joe Dooley as its new basketball coach.
The school announced Wednesday that they've hired the former Kansas assistant.
Dooley replaces Andy Enfield, who left earlier this month to take a head coaching job at Southern California. Under Enfield, FGCU became the first No. 15 seed to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. The Eagles upset Georgetown and San Diego State before losing to Florida.
Dooley has spent the past 10 seasons as an assistant on Bill Self's staff at Kansas. In that time, the Jayhawks produced 300 wins, nine straight Big 12 regular-season titles and six Big 12 tournament championships. They've reached the round of 16 six times, five regional finals and two Final Fours. They won the tournament in 2008.
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From Kansas head coach Bill Self on Joe Dooley – “Joe accepted the head coaching position at Florida Gulf Coast this afternoon. He’s had several opportunities where he could of made a move but this one just felt the best for him and his family. We are obviously so excited for Joe, Tanya and Max. Joe has meant an awful lot to our program in the last 10 years and a big reason why we have been successful.
“Although we hate to see him leave, it’s one of those situations that you are so happy for him and know that he will be ultra-successful living on the beach in Florida. He’s been so instrumental in not only coaching our guys but also with the development and skill improvement of our players. All of our players have enjoyed playing for him, knowing they were going to get his best effort every day.”