One of the people largely responsible for the winning culture associated with Kansas basketball is getting the opportunity to form his own.
Joe Dooley who has been one of head coach Bill Self’s right hand men throughout his 10 year tenure in Lawrence is leaving Kansas to take the head coaching position at Florida Gulf Coast, which was vacated after Andy Enfield took the Southern California job following the NCAA Tournament.
“He’s had several opportunities where he could of made a move but this one just felt the best for him and his family. We are obviously so excited for Joe, Tanya and Max. Joe has meant an awful lot to our program in the last 10 years and a big reason why we have been successful,” Self said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“Although we hate to see him leave, it’s one of those situations that you are so happy for him and know that he will be ultra-successful living on the beach in Florida. He’s been so instrumental in not only coaching our guys but also with the development and skill improvement of our players. All of our players have enjoyed playing for him, knowing they were going to get his best effort every day.”
Dooley arrived in Lawrence with Self in 2003 and has been as much of a fixture with the program as Self and winning has. From recruiting to the toughness he brought to the Jayhawks, Dooley’s loss will be felt, but Kansas’ loss is FGCU’s gain, as he will be taking over a program that captivated fans everywhere during their high flying run through the month of March.
Dooley will be formally introduced at a press conference, Monday.