Dougherty Tabbed Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach



DURHAM – Duke Head Football Coach Mike elko announced on Tuesday that Patrick dougherty will join the Blue Devil grid program and serve as the Special Teams Coordinator. Dougherty will also train Duke’s tight ends.

Dougherty is heading to Durham after an eight-year stint at Ball State University, where he held the last two positions as assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. He was also the Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach (2016-19) and Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator (2014-15) while in Muncie. Dougherty was also on staff for the 2012 season, working as a graduate assistant with an emphasis on the offensive line.

Throughout his tenure at Ball State, he coached the Cardinals in four bowl games, including a 34-13 victory over the No.19 San Jose State in the 2020 Offerpad Arizona Bowl. In addition, Dougherty has coached six players to 10 All-Mid-American Conference honors, including three-time kick returner Malik Dunner (2017-19). Returning specialist Justin Hall also took home two awards, picking up recognition in 2020 and 2021. Kicker Morgan Hagee also enjoyed success under Dougherty’s tutelage, setting the Ball State PAT record in 2018 (129) and finishing his Cardinal career ranked third in program history in points (282).

Last season, Dougherty mentored returns specialist Hall, who broke the program record for career all-purpose yards at 5,359. The Douglasville, Ga. Native was one of seven players nationwide in 2021 to score a touchdown by rushing, receiving and returning a kickoff during the regular season. Ball State also ended the year qualifying for the second straight season, making an appearance in the TaxAct Camellia Bowl.

In his first year as an assistant head coach, he helped the Cardinals win their first MAC Championship since 1996 after finishing the year with an overall rating of 7-1 and a final ranking of No.23. in the Associated press and coaching surveys. His special teams unit placed second in the MAC on kickoff average and recorded a blocked field goal in the MAC Championship game and a blocked punt in the Arizona Bowl.

Since becoming special teams coordinator in 2016, Ball State has consistently ranked in the top half of the MAC in kicking and punt returns. The Cardinals led the conference on kickoff returns in 2017 and finished in the top three on two other occasions. The kicking return unit was also strong, finishing several times in the MAC’s top three.

Dougherty also made saves at Northwestern University (2013) as a defensive quality control coach and Lindsey Wilson College (2010-11) as special teams coordinator and linebacker coach. His coaching career began at Defiance College in 2008, where he coached the defensive line for two seasons.

Graduated in 2008 from Ohio Dominican College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Dougherty served as letterer for four years and starting two years as a linebacker for the Panthers, winning three academic accolades at all conferences during his tenure. . He went on to obtain a Masters in Sports Science from Defiance in 2010.

Dougherty is married to former Emma Lebovitz of Cleveland, Ohio, and they are the parents of a son, Griffin.

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
Education: Ohio Dominican, 2008 (business management) and Defiance, 2010 (sports science)
Wife: Emma
Children: Griffon
Birthday: September 2, 1985


  • 2022-pres. – Duke (Special Teams / Tight Ends Coordinator)
  • 2020-2021 – Ball State (Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends)
  • 2016-19 – Ball State (Special Teams / Tight Ends Coordinator)
  • 2014-15 – Ball State (Recruitment Coordinator / Tight Ends)
  • 2013 – Northwestern (Defensive Quality Control / Linebackers)
  • 2012 – Ball State (graduate assistant / offensive line)
  • 2010-11 – Lindsey Wilson College (Special / Secondary Teams Coordinator)
  • 2008-09 – Defiance (Defensive Line)



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