March 7, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— Temple University Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Larry Dougherty has been named the recipient of the 2013 Bob Vetrone Atlantic 10 Media Award, the league announced Thursday.

The award will be presented during Temple's first game in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament, held March 14-17 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

“Larry is very deserving of this award, his work at both St. Joseph’s and Temple benefited the student-athletes and the A-10, and I congratulate him on a job well done!” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.

The award recognizes those whose service, professionalism and commitment have made a lasting contribution to its student-athletes and institutions. The Atlantic 10 instituted the award in 2006 to honor the memory of the late Bob Vetrone. Vetrone's involvement in basketball covered the spectrum, first as a sportswriter, then with the Big Five, and then as assistant sports information director at La Salle.

Prior recipients include Bob Vetrone (2006), veteran Providence Journal sportswriter Paul Kenyon (2007), longtime Temple SID Al Shrier (2008), Duquesne play-by-play announcer Ray Goss (2009), Dayton radio analyst Bucky Bockhorn (2010), Xavier play-by-play announcer Joe Sunderman (2011) and longtime Dayton SID Doug Hauschild (2012).

"I am honored and humbled to receive this award, especially in light of the distinguished past winners of the honor," said Dougherty. "It also is an award I will treasure greatly, because it is named for Bob Vetrone, a true Philadelphia sports media icon, a mentor, and one of the best men I have had the pleasure to work with."

"I can think of nobody who fits the letter and the spirit of the Bob Vetrone Atlantic 10 Media Award more than Larry Dougherty," said Temple University Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw. "Not only was Larry a dear friend of the late Bob Vetrone, but he epitomizes the passion, professionalism and dedication that so defined Bob."

Currently the second past president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Dougherty is in his 10th year at Temple and his sixth year on the CoSIDA Board. At Temple, Dougherty oversees the athletic communications and publications of the institution's 24-sport NCAA Division I program.

Dougherty joined the Owls' staff after serving 15 years in the media relations office at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, the last eight as the school's assistant athletic director for media relations. Prior to SJU, he served as the SID at Nicholls State for one year and as the information director of the East Coast Conference for two years.

In 2011, Dougherty received the Irving T. Marsh Service Bureau Award (University Division), as voted by the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors (ECAC-SIDA).  He joined his father, the late Andy Dougherty, as the only father-son combination to win the Marsh Award. Andy, who served as the SID at Saint Joseph's from 1972-81 and is a member of the university's hall of fame, won the Marsh Award in 1982.

Active in regional and national organizations, Dougherty has served as the president of Philly-SIDA (2003-10) and on the ECAC-SIDA Executive Board (2006-08). He chaired the local organizing committee for the 2004 and 2009 ECAC-SIDA Workshops and the 2005 CoSIDA Workshop held in Philadelphia.

Dougherty earned both his bachelor's (1982) and executive MBA (1994) degrees from Saint Joseph's. He has taught courses in sports public relations at Temple University since 2005.