Let's get right to the "point." Has there ever been a better point guard in WPI basketball history than Kevin Doherty? A lawyer would revel in this open-and-shut case.
"I know it's a cliché," says his coach, Ken Kaufman, "but Kevin had eyes in the back of his head-I swear he did. He had an instinct for this game that a coach simply cannot teach. He was a great passer in Division III. He was a great passer in any division!"
His trademark was a no-look bullet pass from the top of the key to a wide-open teammate underneath the basket. One can still hear the announcer... "Nestor from Doherty." "Kelleher from Doherty." "Broderson from Doherty." "Wheeler from Doherty."
Kevin's 200 assists as a senior in 1978-79 still stands as a single-season record. No player has recorded 100 assists in a season since 1988-89. His 187 assists as a junior and his 180 assists as a sophomore are still the second and third best single-season totals in WPI history.
Other standing records include Kevin's 9.5 assists per game in a single-season (1978-79); 567 career assists (overall); 9 assists per game (career); and 18 assists versus Middlebury in 1976-77 (single game). In 63 career games, this 5'10" guard started 62 times, and led WPI in assists 61 times. He produced assists in double figures a remarkable 26 times.
In his senior year, WPI finished 12-9. This may not sound extraordinary, but it was WPI's first winning season in eight years. That season foreshadowed the greatest 16 year run in WPI basketball annals, all under Ken Kaufman.
As a senior, Kevin averaged 11.3 points, 3 rebounds and 9.5 assists, and shot .479 from the field. As a junior, he averaged 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 8.9 assists. As a sophomore, he averaged 9.5 points per game, 3.1 rebounds, and 8.6 assists. His percentage of "points responsible for" is simply the best ever at WPI.
A gentleman on and off the court, Kevin co-captained the team his junior and senior seasons. He was named NABC All-New England Third Team as a junior and First Team as a senior. He is also a member of Skull. Today, Kevin is a residential builder, living in his native New Hampshire with his wife and three children.
It is with great honor that WPI inducts Kevin Doherty into its Athletic Hall of Fame.