MATT DOHERTY RETURNS
Big arena to fill: A complete staff overhaul suggests Doherty w ill do it his way.
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Then in 1984, when Doherty and
Perkins were seniors, the team added
playmaker Kenny Smith ' 87, won its first 17
games and sparked favorable comparisons
to some of the great teams of all times.
But Smith was felled by injury against
LSU, and though he eventually returned,
the squad was never the same. First in the
final polls, the Heels finished 28-3 after
losing to Indiana in the second round of
A bad back ended Doherty's playing
career. Several years later, McKillop
introduced his former player to coaching,
hiring him as a Davidson assistant. "He
was absolutely relendess in making sure he
completed his job," McKillop says. "He's
committed to excellence in everything he
does. In every aspect oflife, he wants to
be the best."
Now Doherty brings that passion and
commitment to the school where he first
made his mark. "I hope it's my last coaching
job;' he says.