Dukes QB coach/pass game coordinator elevated to new position
Niel Loebig returns as passing game coordinator and receivers coach; Connor Dixon named tight ends coach
Anthony Doria, a former record-setting quarterback at Saint Francis, Pa., is in his seventh 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 Dukes offense that led the NEC in both total offense (429 ypg.) and scoring offense (31.2 ppg.) in his first season as coordinator. Duquesne, which averaged 260.5 yards per game passing and 168.5 yards per game rushing,led the NEC and ranked 14th nationally in time of possession (32:28). DU ranked 14th nationally in third down conversion percentage (.453).
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.