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With No Team To Coach, Doherty Coaches Himself On Next Phase Of Life

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Matt Doherty never planned on being the former men's basketball coach at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

But he finds himself a man in transition, looking back for answers and looking forward to the future.

"I've learned a lot of hard lessons," Doherty said Tuesday, nearly three months since he

resigned under pressure

after just three years on the job. "I was given a great opportunity by (UNC Athletics Director) Dick Baddour and Chancellor (James) Moeser, and I have to look at myself in the mirror."

For the first time in more than a decade, Doherty has no team to coach this summer. Instead, he is coaching himself -- building a game plan not for the coming season, but for the next phase of his life.

"Since I've been out, I took the


(personality) test," he said. "I'm one of only 8 percent of the population in terms of how I view things. Something that is painfully obvious to me might not be painfully obvious to someone else."

What is obvious is Doherty's desire to continue coaching. But the coming season could well find him in the broadcast booth.

"The thing that's attractive to me is basketball," he said. "I still love basketball, the excitement, the energy of being in the arena."

Doherty brought a new-found energy to the Smith Center. Now he's focusing that energy on the next part of his career.


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