Friday, August 19, 2022

Former KU assistant coach Joe Dooley returning to Kansas as Jayhawks’ recruiting coordinator for 2022-23 basketball season

Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley looks to pump up Morris twins, Marcus, center, and Markieff during the second half Sunday March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley looks to pump up Morris twins, Marcus, center, and Markieff during the second half Sunday March 22, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.


Five months after being let go as the head coach East Carolina, Joe Dooley is returning to a familiar place.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Friday night that Dooley is coming back to Lawrence to serve as KU’s recruiting coordinator for the 2022-23 season.

Self told the Journal-World that Dooley will be filling a new position. KU has not had a true recruiting coordinator in recent years.

A native or East Orange, New Jersey, Dooley also has held assistant coaching jobs at South Carolina, New Mexico and Wyoming. He'll join a Kansas staff that features two assistants he coached with at KU, in Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend, and another he coached as a player at KU in second-year assistant Jeremy Case.

All three of Self's assistants from last season's national title team will be back on the Kansas bench this season.

The return will mark Dooley’s second stint at Kansas. He served as one of Self’s top assistants from 2003-13 before leaving to be the head coach at Florida Gulf Coast from 2013-18 and then at East Carolina for four seasons.

At FGCU, Dooley was a two-time Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year while guiding the Eagles to regular season titles in 2014, 2017 and 2018 and tournament titles in 2016 and 2017.

Counting his first head coaching stint at ECU from 1995-99, Dooley, 57, owns an all-time record of 215-176. During his time at Kansas, the Jayhawks were 300-59, with a national title and two trips to the Final Four.

Dooley’s hiring is expected to be officially announced sometime next week. The Jayhawks are also slated to begin preseason workouts on Monday, the first day of the fall semester.


Andy Godwin 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Complete speculations but is the hiring of an experienced coach with familiarity to KU and Self’s basketball philosophy and with substantial head coaching experience a backup plan if Townsend and/or Self are suspended for some lengthy period? It is hard to believe how long this NCAA investigation has been going on (much do to KU’s legal approach), but unsubstantiated rumors continue to suggest some suspension(s) will occur or that Townsend might have to fall on the sword for Self. The timing is intriguing. Rock Chalk.

Andy Godwin 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Or is it just plain loyalty by Self to help his friend and long-term colleague while he looks for other head coaching opportunities. Let's hope the latter. Rock Chalk.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Me too. I agree with Andy he just needs a job with benefits.

Is the video guy job still open?

Dirk Medema 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Andy - The latter would be completely consistent with Coach Self’s past practices. There have been so so many former coaches that have found non-coaching position on Self’s staff over the years. Coach Dooley has plenty to offer, both with respect to recruits and knowing the program, so is very good to have around.

It is also similar to what has happened in football since Saban went to Bama from the nfl. Support staff is so much more than secretaries and clerks or even equipment managers. They are now quasi-coaches that handle much of the non-player contact work an assistant use to handle before and after coaching the players.

Adding Coach Dooley is a great benefit to the program.

Rodney Crain 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It is very funny to watch you stumble around trying to make your comments relevant and respected.

You are dirkplaining in all of your post. Quasi coaches? Non-player contact work? Saban? My niece, who by your definition should now be considered a quasi-coach, will get a kick out of your post. She has supported college athletes at the D-1 level for years.

Dirk, Andy's post was fine the way it was. It makes sense, it was clear. Just hit like and move on.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Rodney. Some people call it discussion. Sorry that the distinction between what traditionally had been coaching responsibilities and what is now being delegated to non-coaches is tricky for you to understand. Maybe your niece can help you.

Brad Watson 3 months, 2 weeks ago

A head scratch of a hire...why would he come back here? he washed up as a head coach?...The story is missing the "why"....I know Coach knows what he is a huge fan of Dr. Self (PHD in winning basketball)...I would never question the very best basketball coach in America...I would just like to know the whole story.

Jeff Coffman 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm still waiting for someone to explain why Self or Townsend would be suspended. KU never played a player that was paid. Time to move on, if the NCAA was going to do something they would have already. The new committee wont be able to do anything, because there is nothing there.

Brett McCabe 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Sounds dirty. Hiring a fired coach, again. Bill likes his cronies. Not exactly a successful coaching tree coming out of Dollar Bill world.

And the ECU thing sounds like two people who thought that their original breakup was a mistake.

And the day you add a coach to handle the duties of your suspended head coach is the day you should no longer be a Jayhawk. Because if your assistant coaches can't handle a short-term suspension, then a failed head coach isn't going to handle a long-term one. This program continues to do everything possible to make itself unlikeable.

Brian Babcock 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, the program winning the national championship is a prime example of doing everything possible to make itself unlikeable.

Bob Zielinski 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Yeah, so unlikeable. Well, hold the phone. I have to admit I did really like that National Championship last season. And that unbeatable run of Big XII conference titles. That was a ‘me likey’ run for me. But the usual winning and exciting games peppered with a few losses here and there…..yeah just so unlikeable.

Lee Short 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Dirk, don't worry about Rodney. Your analysis is almost always better than his. For Rodney, it's just another day, more negativity. At least reading his posts, more often than not, results in good eye-rolling exercise.

Jeff Emerson 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Dirk. Rodney. Can't you two hug it out?

Brian Babcock 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I think they might be brothers or something.

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