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Joe Dooley

Joe Dooley, who was named as the head men’s basketball coach at East Carolina University on April 4, 2018, will serve in his first USA Basketball coaching assignment as a court coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp.

Prior to being hired at ECU, Dooley completed his fifth season as head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University (2013-14 to 2017-18), where he compiled a 114-58 record (.663 winning percentage).

He led FGU to three Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championships, two conference tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.

“It’s an honor to be associated with USA Basketball and to be able to work with the talented young men and alongside the coaching staff,” Dooley said. “I feel very privileged to have been asked to be a part of the training camp staff for USA Basketball this summer. 

“I hope to help put the team in a position to be very successful.”

The Eagles participated in postseason play each of Dooley's five seasons in Fort Myers, winning 21 or more games every year, and he was named ASUN Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018 and as NABC District III Coach of the Year in 2017. 

His first job as a head coach also came at ECU, where in four seasons (1995-96 to 1998-99), he tallied a 57-52 record (.523). 

In his nine years as a head coach overall, he owns a career record of 171-110 (.609). In 21 seasons as an NCAA assistant coach, he owns a record of 486-206 (.702).

Dooley was the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball at the age of 29 when he was promoted to ECU's top basketball position in April of 1995.

Prior to being named head coach, Dooley served four seasons as an assistant (1991-92 to 1995-95) at ECU, and before that, he was an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina for three seasons (1988-89 to 1990-91).

He later served as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico for three seasons (1999-00 to 2001-02) and one season at the University of Wyoming in 2002-03 before joining the staff as at the University of Kansas as an assistant coach for 10 years (2003-04 to 2012-13).

During his decade in Lawrence, the Jayhawks compiled a 300-58 record, including nine regular-season Big 12 Conference crowns and six Big 12 tournament titles. He won a national championship as an assistant coach at Kansas in 2008 and helped the Jayhawks earn another Final Four berth in 2012.

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 basketball letterwinner at GW, he started his last two seasons and was elected a team captain as a senior.

A native of West Orange, New Jersey, Dooley and his wife, Tanya, have a son, Max.

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