South Carolina assistant basketball coach Neil Dougherty, who has worked for Eddie Fogler the past two seasons, has been named full-time assistant coach at Kansas, coach Roy Williams announced today.
Dougherty, 34, a graduate of Leavenworth High School, replaces Steve Robinson, who recently left KU for the head coaching position at Tulsa.
Dougherty has worked six total seasons with Fogler, Williams' closest friend in the coaching profession. He worked four seasons with Fogler at Vanderbilt, prior to the past two at South Carolina.
"Replacing Steve Robinson is not going to be an easy thing to do," Williams said today. "Steve was very important to me and our program. However, we were very happy for Steve's opportunity at Tulsa and wish him only the best.
"At the same time, when Steve made the decision to leave, Neil Dougherty was the one person I targeted as his replacement. Neil was my first choice, my only choice for this job. He is a proven coach and recruiter and more importantly, he is an outstanding person who will do a great job in our program."
Prior to his four-year stint at Vanderbilt, Dougherty worked as an assistant coach at Drake University for one season (1988-89). He became acquainted with Fogler, then the Wichita State head coach, during that time as the teams participated in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Before working at Drake, Dougherty was assistant coach at Cameron (Okla.) University in Lawton, Okla. That team compiled a 48-16 record his final two years.
Dougherty, a 1979 Leavenworth High graduate, is the brother of ex-KU women's basketball standout Lisa. Dougherty's parents still reside in Leavenworth.
"I am happy that Neil has Kansas and KU ties," Williams said. "With Neil's KU ties and the respect he has around the country, there is no doubt he will work extremely hard to fill some big shoes. Our players and supporters will come to know with Neil on board, we will continue to have what I feel is the best coaching staff in America."