Cornelius “Neil” Aaron Dougherty, 50, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, unexpectedly in Indianapolis, Ind.
He was born April 14, 1961, in Leavenworth, the son of Alonzo D. and Ellen M. (Jackson) Dougherty.
Neil graduated from Leavenworth High School where he was a stand-out athlete. He was an all-state guard as a high school senior. He also earned honorable mention All-America status. Following graduation, he attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. where he played for Mike Krzyzewski. Neil graduated from Cameron University with a bachelor's degree in education and earned his master's degree in education at the University of Oklahoma.
Neil’s coaching career began with short stints at Ottawa University, Cameron University and Drake University before joining Eddie Foglers staff for several seasons at Vanderbilt University and The University South Carolina. After seven seasons on Roy Williams’ staff at Kansas University, Neil’s coaching career culminated at Texas Christian University (2002-2008). He currently was working as the director of athlete and coach programs for iHoops, a partnership between the NBA and NCAA.
He was a man of great integrity who’s dedication, loyalty and commitment has impacted many. He will forever be remembered as an exceptional coach, mentor, friend, husband, father, grandfather, brother and son.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Patti Dougherty of Fort Worth, Texas; his children, Megan and husband Nile Murry of Fort Worth, Neil Patrick Dougherty of South Carolina and Ryan Dougherty of Fort Worth; his grandchildren, Mykel and Maddox Murry; his parents, (Ret.) Brigadier General and Mrs. Alonzo Dougherty Jr. of Leavenworth; and five siblings and their children, Kenneth (Jeffrey, Brandon), Michael (Tony and Colin) all of Leavenworth, Larry (Tanja, Payton and Mya) of Yukon, Okla., Dr. Lisa of Loganville, Ga., and Kelly Stallworth (Jay, Jordan and Jaron) of Lawrenceville, Ga.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011, at Sacred Heart Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will be in Fort Worth Texas. Arrangements are entrusted to R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Hope Farm, 865 E. Ramsey Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104