Patrick Doherty has been part of the Butler football coaching staff since 2012 as an assistant coach. He has responsibility for Butler's running backs.
In his first three seasons at Butler, the Bulldogs have ranked as one of the top rushing teams in the Pioneer Football League. Butler finished second in the league in rushing in 2012 and third in the conference in 2013, winning league titles both years.
In 2014, running back Sam Schrader was named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, presented to the best freshman player in FCS. Doherty also coached running back Trae Heeter, who led the PFL in rushing in both 2012 and 2013. The Bulldogs set a Butler single-season record for rushing with 2,742 yards in 2013. In every season since Doherty arrived at Butler, a running back has been the recipient of the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Award (known as the "Unsung Hero Award") at the team's end-of-season banquet.
Prior to joining Butler's staff, Doherty was a student assistant coach at Franklin College. He worked with Franklin’s running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks during his four seasons with the Grizzlies, and he helped the NCAA Division III squad to a four-year 37-9 record, three conference championships and three NCAA playoff appearances.
The Munster, Ind., native played quarterback for legendary Munster High School and Indiana Hall of Fame coach Leroy Marsh. Doherty's father, John, was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 2014 after 30 years of service to Munster High School as the head athletic trainer.
He earned his degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health from Franklin College in May of 2012.
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