Doty introduced as 17th head coach in ESU men's basketball history

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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) -- For the second time in less than a month, the Emporia State Hornets officially introduced a new head coach.

Craig Doty, 32, was formally introduced as the 17th head coach in ESU men's basketball program history Friday afternoon.

"Our new head coach has experienced great success both on and off the court throughout his very young career," ESU Director of Athletics Kent Weiser said. "He will bring a very positive, can do attitude to our basketball program along with very high expectations."

"I'm a firm believer in Division II athletics and what it can do for the student-athletes. I think it's the most pure form of basketball at the college level that continues in this country," Doty said. "You guys see what high level play is night in and night out. We look forward to matching that and building this program to national recognition."

Doty most recently led Graceland to the NAIA Division I national title. In two seasons there, Doty went 49-22.

Before Graceland, Doty coached at Rock Valley College for four seasons. He won two national titles there and appeared in three straight NJCAA Division III title games.

Before speaking to a crowd Friday, Doty met with his team for the first time. The Hornets went 9-19 last season with 13 of their losses coming by five points or fewer or in overtime.