Patrick Doherty is in his third season at Arkansas and second as a graduate assistant after serving as a quality control coach in 2013.
Doherty began working with tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and the tight ends unit in the spring of 2015. He will help tutor preseason first team All-American Hunter Henry and look to improve one of the Razorbacks’ most touted position groups.
During his two seasons on The Hill, the Razorback offense has steadily improved. Running back Alex Collins rushed for 1,000-plus yards in each season, becoming the first Razorback to begin his career with consecutive 1,000-yard seasons since Darren McFadden.
In 2014, Arkansas was the only FBS team in the nation to feature two backs who each rushed for 1,000 yards. The Razorbacks defeated LSU, Ole Miss and Texas for the first time in school history, winning three of their final four games including the 31-7 victory over Texas in the Texas Bowl.
Prior to joining the Razorbacks, he worked with the defensive line and tight ends during three seasons at Emporia State University. In 2012 he was the tight ends coach and helped develop first-team All-American Adam Schiltz as the Hornets won 10 games for the first time since 1989 and finished the 10-2 season with a victory in the Kanza Bowl. He served as a graduate assistant the two previous seasons, working with the tight ends in 2011 and the defensive line in 2010.
Doherty began his collegiate coaching career at St. John Fisher College as a defensive assistant in 2008 and 2009. In each of his two seasons, the Cardinals won the ECAC Bowl, completing a seven-win campaign both years. The 2009 team also finished as co-champions of the Empire 8 Conference.
Doherty’s first coaching experience came at Eastridge High School, where he coached the freshman team for two seasons beginning in 2004 after graduating from Eastridge. He served as the varsity team’s offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007, with his second season resulting in the first undefeated regular season in school history and the first league championship in nearly 30 years.
Doherty graduated from St. John Fisher College with a bachelor’s degree in American studies in 2010 and earned his master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation in December 2012 from Emporia State.