Ed Doherty is the only person to serve as head coach for the University of Arizona and Arizona State University during his career.
Doherty played quarterback at Boston College from 1941 to 1943. He was nicknamed "The Brain"; for his innovative style.
He was drafted 39th overall 1944 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, but instead joined the United States Navy.
After one season as an assistant at the University of Notre Dame in 1946, Doherty became head coach at Arizona State University from 1947 to 1950.
In 1957 and 1958, Ed Doherty was the head coach at the University of Arizona.
He served as head coach at the Punchard High School and Lawrence High School,
both in Massachusetts, Holy Cross University, University of Rhode Island, Xavier University, St. Augustine High School in San Diego, St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, and Salpointe Catholic in Tucson.
His honors include an NCAA National Championship at Notre Dame and two state championships at St. Mary’s High School. He retired from his coaching career in 1982.
The Active 20-30 Clubs of Arizona honored Doherty by naming the high school football player of the year trophy the Ed Doherty Award. The first Ed Doherty Award was presented in 1987.
In 1991, Salpointe Catholic named their new stadium in honor of Doherty.