Dougherty with his nose protection around his neck
March 23, 1886|
Hales Mill, Virginia
|Died||May 18, 1977
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
AP Southeast All-Time football team (1869–1919 era)
Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1967 (profile)
Nathan Washington "Big'n" Dougherty (March 23, 1886 – May 18, 1977) was a Hall of Fame college football player for the Tennessee Volunteers football team. He later became the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee and chairman of its Athletic Council. For this as well as his playing days Dougherty is "considered by many to be the founding father of UT Athletics." Dougherty was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1967, and was a unanimous choice for the Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869–1919 era.
University of Tennessee
Dougherty played guard for the Tennessee Volunteers from 1906 to 1909, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 185 pounds. Dougherty was a standout in the sport before it became wildly popular around the country. Of the few accolades that were bestowed on individuals, Dougherty was an honoree. He was named to the All Southern team in 1907 and 1908.
The 1908 team was widely considered the best Tennessee football season up to that point. The backfield included Walker Leach. Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin noted "All things considered, Leach was perhaps the best football player of the year in Dixie."
Dougherty coached the George Washington University's basketball team during the 1914–15 season, and compiled a 5–9 record.
Dougherty was dean of the University of Tennessee College of Engineering at Knoxville from 1940 to 1956. He was also the chairman of the UT Athletic Council from 1917 to 1956. An engineering building at the school is named after him. The building caught fire in November 2006, but was later reopened.
- "Tennessee's Hall of Fame".
- "All-Time Football Team Lists Greats Of Past, Present". Gadsden Times. July 27, 1969.
- Big Orange: a pictorial history of University of Tennessee football. 1982. p. 34.
- Spalding's Football Guide. 1909. p. 75.
- "1909 Football Program – UT vs Transylvania University". November 25, 1909.
- "1909 Football Program – UT vs Central University of Kentucky". October 2, 1909.
- "History of the Early S.I.A.A. Atlanta Basketball Tournament".