Dukes QB coach/pass game coordinator elevated to new position
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Coach Doria may be reached at email@example.com.
Anthony Doria, a former record-setting quarterback at Saint Francis, Pa., is in his eighth season with the Duquesne coaching staff. A quarterbacks coach for five years, he added offensive coordinator to his responsibilities prior to the 2016 season.
Doria, who has been on the staff for Duquesne's four Northeast Conference championships, piloted a
In 2017, Doria’s offense paced the NEC in scoring at 32.2 points per game, rushing offense (198.5 ypg.), pass efficiency (118.6), red zone offense (89.5 pct.), third-down conversion percentage (47.1 pct.) and fourth-down conversion percentage (66.7 pct.) while ranking second in the league in total offense (421.2
Doria coached seven All-NEC performers in 2017, highlighted by the NEC Offensive Player of the Year in quarterback Tommy Stuart and All-American offensive lineman Ben Huss.
Stuart, who played one season with the Dukes after transferring from Boise State, was the first Duquesne player to garner NEC Offensive Player of the Year after setting a new single-season program record for completion percentage (66.7 pct.). He closed out the year with 27 passing touchdowns, good for tops in the NEC and eighth in the FCS. In addition, he ranked fifth in the country in completion percentage and seventh with a 159.3 pass efficiency rating. Stuart also set a new program record with 32 total touchdowns, accounting for at least two touchdowns in nine contests.
Huss, who became the first Duquesne player to participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, helped pave the way for the league’s top rushing offense along with fellow All-NEC First Team honoree Alex Conley.
Doria’s offense also produced two more First Team All-NEC selections in wide receiver Nehari Crawford and running back A.J. Hines. Crawford led the FCS at the conclusion of the regular season with 15 receiving touchdowns in 2017, while Hines, a former Jerry Rice Award winner, posted his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season to go with 10 touchdowns for the Dukes.
Doria was instrumental in the development of three-time All-NEC quarterback Dillon Buechel, who finished his career in 2016 as the NEC's all-time leading passer with 10,320 yards. Buechel, who completed 58 percent of his passes and threw for 75 touchdowns, finished his career as the school record holder for passing yards, completions (801) and attempts (1,380). Buechel, who threw for at least one score in 35 of the 42 games he played, finished his career with a 133.1 efficiency rating.
Doria also mentored former DU quarterback Sean Patterson (2009-12) to back-to-back second team All-NEC seasons in 2011 and 2012.
Doria, who accounted for a Northeast Conference record 8,544 passing yards at SFU from 2003-06, spent two seasons as a graduate assistant wide receivers coach at Akron under head coaches J.D. Brookhart and Rob Ianello before coming to Duquesne.
A native of Pittsburgh, Doria was named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette South Fabulous 22 after leading Seton-La Salle High School to a 2002 WPIAL AA Championship and an appearance in the PIAA state championship game.
The Pittsburgh Athletic Association AA Player of the Year continued on to Saint Francis where he completed over 55 percent of his passes in throwing for 61 touchdowns in 42 games.
In 2005, Doria was named NEC Offensive Player of the Year. Doria completed his degree in accounting in 2007 before playing one season for the Arena Cup finalist Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers in 2007.
He added a master's degree in sports administration while at Akron.
Doria, his wife Kristen and their son Luca reside in McCandless Township.