Young but experienced, Dougherty ready to lead Fords

Posted on June 5, 2021 in Newspaper.

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Luke Dougherty is the new head coach for the Haverford Fords. Submitted photo: Haverford High School

By Matt Smith

Luke Dougherty is proud to call himself a lifelong resident and sixth-grade mathematics teacher of Haverford School District. He is a graduate of The Haverford School, but don’t hold that against him.

“I’ve been here all my life. I didn’t go to Haverford High … but I’m a Havertown guy,” he said. “And for years, I have always respected what Haverford High football was all about.”

Dougherty, 28, officially became the head football coach of the Fords Tuesday evening. A three-year assistant coach with the program, Dougherty takes over for Joe Gallagher, 65, who retired after 29 years in May.

“I view it as the best job in Delaware County,” said Dougherty, who served as Haverford’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator the last few seasons. “Haverford is a great district with a great administration. I just met with the (team) earlier and I told them that I’ll go on the record and say this is the first head coaching job I’ve ever applied for, not because I didn’t think I had the experience, but it’s because this is the only head coaching job I’ve ever looked at and said, ‘That’s what I want to be a part of.'”

Webmaster note: Haven plays the Fords at Haverford on September 11, 2021.

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