School plans to announce hire Monday

Updated: April 17, 2005, 9:37 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Florida Atlantic scheduled a news conference for Monday where an annoucement is expected that Matt Doherty will be the new basketball coach. The hiring was first reported by ESPN's Dick Vitale.

ESPN.com's Andy Katz is reporting that Doherty plans on hiring former Kansas star Rex Walters as an assistant coach.

Asked why he accepted a job at FAU, Doherty told Katz he wanted to go to a school that already had a "sound infrastructure." He also wanted a place that his family would feel comfortable with. Doherty and his family have been living in Charlotte since he resigned under pressure from his job with the Tar Heels.

Athletic department spokeswoman Katrina McCormick would not confirm Doherty's hiring Sunday, but said the new coach would be introduced at the event.

The Palm Beach Post and The Boca Raton News, citing unidentified sources, reported on their Web sites on Saturday that Doherty had accepted the job and would replace Sidney Green, who was fired last month after three consecutive losing seasons.

Doherty toured the campus Wednesday and met with athletic director Craig Angelos and school president Frank Brogan about the position. McCormick said both Angelos and Brogan would attend Monday's news conference.

Florida Atlantic would be the third coaching stop for Doherty, 43, who lasted three seasons as Bill Guthridge's successor at North Carolina before being forced to resign.

Doherty went 53-43 at North Carolina. Many of his top recruits helped the Tar Heels win this year's NCAA title. Doherty was a starter on North Carolina's 1982 national championship team.

Doherty previously served as head coach at Notre Dame for one season (22-15) and was an assistant for seven seasons at Kansas under current North Carolina coach Roy Williams.

Doherty's hiring would give Florida Atlantic two high-profile coaches; Howard Schnellenberger has been the Owls' football coach since the program's inception in 2000.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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