Andrew Dougherty Jr., St. Joe's basketball team manager and coach of girls AAU champions.

Posted: April 09, 2013

WHEN ST. JOE'S Hawks shocked the college-basketball world in 1981 by squeaking out a victory over top-rated DePaul University in the NCAA tournament, Andy Dougherty was there.

Andy was the Hawks' manager, and he shared the thrill when John Smith popped in a layup, what he called his "4th and Shunk" shot, to clinch the 49-48 win in the final seconds. (Smith named his shot after the playground where he learned the sport.)

"It was certainly the highlight of his college days," said Andy's brother Larry Dougherty, sports information director of Temple University. "It helped him get involved in coaching."

Andrew Dougherty Jr., who was still a student at St. Joseph's University when he coached a team of girls 12 and under to the 1980 AAU national championship and who went on to coach other girls teams, died of corticobasal degeneration, a rare neurodegenerative disease. He died Thursday, April 4, his 54th birthday. He lived in Upper Darby.

"He was passionate about basketball, and he wanted to share that passion," his brother said.

Andy played some basketball in his youth, but found when he got to St. Joseph's Preparatory School that he wasn't good enough to make the team and instead became team manager.

He took his love of the game to St. Joe's University and managed the basketball team all of his four years, then went into coaching.

"Coaching brought him a lot of joy," his brother said.

Andy and Larry are the sons of Andy Dougherty, a legendary figure at St. Joe's who served as athletic historian, team manager and information director in six decades of involvement in the university's sports programs. He died in 2005.

"Dad instilled a love of sports in all of us," Larry said. "We're a sports family."

Andy Jr. was born in Upper Darby to Jane and Andy Dougherty Sr. He attended St. Alice's Parochial School before going on to St. Joe's Prep.

Andy began coaching girls basketball at St. Alice's when his younger sister, Mary, was enrolled there. He became assistant girls basketball coach at Archbishop John Carroll High School in 1982.

He was one of the first district managers for Eagle Snacks, a product manufactured by Anheuser-Busch, in the early '80s. He worked as an account executive for Verizon in the '90s, and spent five years in the maintenance department of the Upper Darby School District.

He was the front-desk supervisor at St. Joseph's University before he was diagnosed with the neurological disease in 2010.

He was a member of the board of the Upper Darby Belltellco Federal Credit Union.

Andy's first marriage to Michelle McAndrew ended in divorce. He married Anne "Nan" Kossey in 1995.

Besides his brother and mother, he is survived by two sons, Andrew Joseph "AJ" Dougherty and Jimmy; two daughters, Shannon Crowley and Colleen Dougherty; two other brothers, Brian and Brendan; a sister, Mary Ficco, and two grandchildren.

Services: Funeral Mass 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Laurence Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

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