Jimmie Dougherty joined the San José State University football coaching staff in January 2013 as the Spartans' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Dougherty was the mastermind behind one of the top offenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2013. Nationally, the Spartans were sixth in passing offense (355.9 yards/game), 15th in total offense (493.2 yards/game) and averaged 32.4 points per game while tackling a schedule that included eight bowl teams.
San José State's offense set 10 single-season team school records and its players had a hand in tying or establishing more than 35 new individual single-game, season and career University football standards. In his creative and tactical multi-dimension offense, nine players caught 10 or more passes for the season, four led the team in rushing in at least one game and 11 Spartans on offense scored a touchdown.
Dougherty worked directly with David Fales, one of college's football's top quarterbacks, to produce a passing game that gained more than 4,000 yards for the second season in a row. Dougherty's overall accomplishments were noticed nationally as a 2013 nominee for the Broyles Award honoring the top assistant coach in the NCAA Division I FBS football.
Dougherty came to San José State after spending the 2009 through 2012 seasons coaching wide receivers at the University of Washington. In his last three seasons with the Huskies, Washington participated in the 2010 Holiday, 2011 Alamo and 2012 Maaco Las Vegas Bowls. For 2012, Dougherty added the title of passing game coordinator. Quarterback Keith Price threw 54 of his UW career-record 75 touchdown passes while Dougherty was on the Huskies staff. Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse completed his second season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 after finishing his UW career second in receptions (180), receiving yards (2,871) and touchdown catches (29).
The Spartans' offensive coordinator is reunited with San José State head coach Ron Caragher. The two worked together in 2007 and 2008 at the University of San Diego. In all, Dougherty coached five seasons with the Toreros - the first three with current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Dougherty's players included Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson, who completed his sixth National Football League season in 2013.
A quarterback at the University of Missouri during the 1997 through 2001 seasons, Dougherty began his coaching career at Illinois Wesleyan College in 2002 and was there two seasons coaching defensive backs.
The 2001 Missouri graduate majored in interdisciplinary studies. Dougherty earned his master's degree in sports management from Illinois State University in 2004.
He and his wife, Harper, have a daughter, Collins.