Philadelphia High School Basketball
A Look at Dan Dougherty's 36-Year Coaching Career
at Malvern (1962-66) and Episcopal (1977-97, 2001-10)
This page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in championship games and (at the
bottom) the names of all varsity players during Coach Dougherty's 36 seasons. . . . To provide
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Dan Dougherty coached basketball at Malvern Prep (1962-66) and Episcopal Academy (1977-97, 2001-10) for 36 seasons, winning 621 games and 13 Inter-Ac League championships (12 outright, one shared). His 2006 team, featuring future NBAers Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson, found itself in the running for the answer to this question: Best in Inter-Ac history? That story is here . . .
By Ted Silary
THAT THE games are over, let's bring everyone to the fierce-debate table.
League / Overall
1962: 9-3 / 13-5
1963: 4-6 / 8-10
1964: 8-4 / 15-7
1965: 14-0 / 20-3
1966: 13-1 / 18-5
1977: 2-8 / 7-11
1978: 4-6 / 9-13
1979: 10-0 / 21-2
1980: 8-2 / 21-4
1981: 8-2 / 22-2
1982: 10-0 / 24-1
1983: 10-0 / 23-1
1984: 4-6 / 13-14
1985: 5-5 / 16-12
1986: 4-6 / 16-12
1987: 10-0 / 26-2
1988: 8-2 / 23-2
1989: 9-1 / 24-3
1990: 10-0 / 24-1
1991: 10-0 / 27-2
1992: 4-6 /16-9
1993: 8-2 / 23-3
1994: 0-10 / 4-19
1995: 4-6 / 13-14
1996: 4-6 / 9-13
1997: 6-4 / 17-11
2001: 7-3 / 16-10
2002: 6-4 / 21-6
2003: 3-7 / 15-13
2004: 5-5 / 22-6
2005: 10-0 / 25-3
2006: 10-0 / 27-4
2007: 1-9 / 4-21
2008: 4-6 / 14-13
2009:2-8 / 10-14
2010: 3-7 / 12-14
story was written in February 1965 as Dan was steering Malvern to a perfect
Inter-Ac League season (14-0) . . .
This story was written in 1979 after Dan guided Episcopal to its first
crown in 50 years (and clinched it with two games remaining) . . .
By TED SILARY
History tells us that the next time Episcopal Academy gains an Inter-Ac League basketball title will be 2029, two starters on the
present squad will have passed away and, schedules permitting, two of the living members (one with a picture in his wallet of the
starting five will show for the clinching, most probably at Haverford School.
At least those were the indications yesterday as the Churchmen (19-2 overall) pinned a 56-47 setback on the Fords, this capturing
the school's first outright championship since 1929, which has been accomplished with two games still to go in a season where
everyone else has at least four losses.
"It's a pleasure just being here," said photo-carrying Joel Jarvis, a starter in '29 with Elliot Laughlin, Charles Jones, Robert Jones
and George Munger, who later coached Penn football during the glory years and also attended. " I never thought it would be 50
years between championships. I enjoyed this game just as much as when we clinched ours."
Living it up, too, was Coach Dan Dougherty, a six-school veteran (St. Pius X, Malvern Prep, assistant at Villanova, head coach
at Army, Penncrest, third year at Episcopal) who had steered one team at Pius and two at Malvern to titles.
"THIS CHAMPIONSHIP WAS a bit more satisfying than the others, mainly because it came kind of unexpected," he said. " I
felt we were still in the midst of our building process. Our goals were to be competitive and to have a winning season and the
reason for that was that our returning nucleus included a junior (Dan Dougherty Jr.) and a soph (Charles Hickman). When
underclassmen have to be your leaders, you're just not sure how it'll all turn out.
"Even with three seniors, we were still a young ballclub. Sean Perretta was a 12th man-type last season, Shawn Pender missed
most of the season with sickness and Jeff Ochroch, who transferred from Friends Select two years ago, was just becoming familiar
with our system.
"But when I saw an unknown quality was falling into place, I started to stress winning and not to settle for anything but the best.
Hickman (8-for-13, 19, 11 rebounds yesterday) is our leading scorer and rebounder, but we're a very solid team with no
"The kids were aware they were going for our school's first title in a long time (Episcopal tied in '33 and '71), but I don't think
they knew it was 50 years. I didn't mention it because I didn't want to put on any added pressure.
"IT WAS SUPER HAVING TWO of the '29 team members here to root us on. Near the end, I looked at our kids and wondered
what was going through their minds."
"It's the type of feeling," said Hickman, "that hasn't hit home. When we get to school tomorrow, that's when it'll hit us. I know
this feeling will get much better as time goes on."
Haverford (Charlie Clark 17) did not relinquish its championship easily, still maintaining a tie with as little as 7:19 to go. But
Dougherty made one of two fouls, Ochroch nailed two jumpers and Hickman scored off a pass from Dougherty to open a
seven-point pad. Later, Pender made converted five free throws.
"Since I've followed the Inter-Ac," Ochroch said, "it's been Malvern Prep and Haverford. We broke a lot of tradition this
season. As a team, our goal was to go out and win it ourselves, not wait for another team to help us.
"Coach Dougherty deserves a lot of credit. The man is a winner. He brought us in as underdogs and made us a championship
"We've won the Inter-Ac, but our season is not over. Our plans are still for a 10-0 league record. Since we lost that tournament
game to Haverford (final of the Trinity Tourney in Virginia before Christmas), we've won 13 straight. We were 6-1 before that
and we might have been overconfident. It proved to us that we had to work for every win."
Now, hopefully, the Churchmen will not have to wait as long for another title.
ELSEWHERE: Chris Pastorius' jumper at 0:03 gave Germantown Academy (Rich Howden 14) a 39-37 overtime win against
Chestnut Hill Academy . . . Malvern Prep (Mike Ryan 16, John DeAngelis 15) tripped Penn Charter, 54-38.
of championship seasons . . .
Below are the players who helped
Dan Dougherty claim 621 wins and 13 Inter-Ac League championships
in 36 seasons as the coach at Malvern Prep and Episcopal Academy. The year indicates the player's final
season. Most were seniors. Some transferred and some were underclassmen who did not play in the