UCLA's Official Release on Dougherty Hiring

Feb. 8 -- UCLA releases its official announcement of the hiring of Jimmie Dougherty as its wide receivers coach...

UCLA's Official Release on Hiring of Jimmie Dougherty:

UCLA Football Hires Jimmie Dougherty To Coaching Staff

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Head Football Coach Jim Mora announced today the hiring of Jimmie Dougherty, a former college quarterback with Pac-12 and Big Ten coaching experience, as the team’s passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.

“Knowing Jimmie since 2009 and having been able to see him in action at practice, during games and in the meeting room, it’s exciting to add a coach of his caliber to our staff,” said Mora.  “Not only is he one of the top wide receivers coaches in the country and a very, very good recruiter, his previous working relationships with Jedd (Fisch) and Hank (Fraley) will undoubtedly bring cohesion to our team.” 

Dougherty spent last season under University of Michigan Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh and current UCLA Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch in Ann Arbor as an offensive analyst for the nation’s 12th-best scoring team (41.0 ppg). There, he continued a relationship with Harbaugh dating back to 2004 that began at the University of San Diego. His reunion with Fisch comes after leaving Michigan to serve as receivers coach at the University of Oregon following the 2016 season.

Prior to joining the Michigan staff, Dougherty worked three seasons (2013-15) at San Jose State in roles that included assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, passing game coordinator, quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach. While with the Spartans, Dougherty helped run an offense that set 10 single-season team records and saw players establish more than 35 individual school marks.

From 2009-12, Dougherty served as wide receivers coach at the University of Washington, adding passing game coordinator to his duties in 2012. In his last three seasons with the Huskies, UW participated in the 2010 Holiday, 2011 Alamo and 2012 Maaco Las Vegas Bowls. Among the young men Dougherty worked with during his time in the Pacific Northwest were Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar, two of the top pass catchers to ever play at Washington. Kearse, who totaled almost 3,000 career yards receiving at UW, went on to become a starter on the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl XLVIII winning team and has accumulated more than 2,000 yards receiving yards in his NFL career.

Dougherty’s partnership with Harbaugh began at the University of San Diego in 2004, where he spent five seasons working in multiple capacities. During that span, the Toreros captured three Pioneer Football League championships and posted a 31-4 record from 2005-07.

Dougherty coached wide receivers in his first year, took over as tight ends coach in 2005 and moved into the role of passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2006-07 where he groomed Josh Johnson, the school's all-time leading passer and an eight-year NFL veteran. In 2008, Dougherty was elevated to offensive coordinator and led an offense that averaged 35.3 points per game.

A quarterback at the University of Missouri from 1997-2001, Dougherty, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies while in Columbia and received his master’s degree in Sport Management from Illinois State in 2004, began his coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Illinois Wesleyan during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. 

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