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Former UNC Basketball Coach Matt Doherty to Serve as Commencement Speaker for Class of 2020

Former UNC Basketball Coach Matt Doherty to Serve as Commencement Speaker for Class of 2020
April 01, 2021

Former UNC basketball coach will speak at Class of 2020 Commencement at Truist Field in Uptown Charlotte

by Keith Pierce

Queens University of Charlotte is pleased to announce that renowned head coach Matt Doherty will serve as commencement speaker for the class of 2020 on Saturday, May 1 at Truist Field in Uptown Charlotte 

Doherty played and coached basketball at the University of North Carolina (UNC). He started on the 1982 National Championship team coached by the legendary Dean Smith, alongside NBA stars Michael Jordan and James Worthy. He went on to a successful career in coaching, first as an assistant coach at Davidson and then at Kansas. In June 2000, UNC, with the help of Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, recruited Doherty as the head coach of the Tar Heels. 

In 2001, UNC won the ACC Regular Season Championship and Doherty was voted 2001 AP National Coach of the Year. Just two years later, after a disappointing season with 16 losses, he was forced to resign from his dream jobDoherty went on to become head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls and the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He also served as a college basketball commentator and an NBA scout. 

In his recent book, Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned Doherty draws from his personal and eye-opening experiences about learning how to bounce back and become a better leader. With the support and encouragement of family, friends, and respected colleagueshe embarked on a leadership journey that began by studying at The Wharton School and The University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business. With inspiration and valuable lessons from top leadership executives, he turned his pain into a passion to inspire, encourage, and help others create a game plan to navigate the rough seas of leadership through life and in business. 

"Not everyone is a born leader," says Doherty. "But EVERYONE can become a better leader."  

"As the world is facing enormous adversity and a desperate need for recovery, we are most fortunate to have Matt Doherty serve as commencement speaker," said Queens University President Dan Lugo. "Matt's profound passion and perseverance, which helped him journey from letdown to rebound, serves as an awesome testament to the power of leading with grace and humility. For all they have endured, the class of 2020 deserves to hear from such a powerful and inspirational leader." 


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