Arizona has hired UCLA wide receiver coach Jimmie Dougherty as its passing game coordinator and quarterback coach, the school announced Monday, reuniting Dougherty with new Wildcats coach Jedd Fisch.
Fisch and Dougherty previously worked together at UCLA in 2017, when Fisch was the Bruins’ offensive coordinator, and at Michigan in 2016, when Dougherty was an offensive analyst and Fisch served a variety of roles as an offensive assistant under coach Jim Harbaugh.
Dougherty had spent the past four seasons with the Bruins, coaching four receivers who are among the school’s all-time leaders in a single season: Kyle Philips, Jordan Lasley, Darren Andrews and Theo Howard. In 2017, UCLA receivers combined for a school-record 4,478 yards.
“Jimmie and I have worked together at three institutions, and he has always been a critical part of the offensive success we have had,” Fisch said in a statement. “He is a great person, teacher, coach and mentor. Jimmie has always found ways to get the best out of his players. “
Candidates to replace Dougherty include UCLA graduate assistant Jerry Neuheisel and offensive analyst Keanon Lowe, who played wide receiver under coach Chip Kelly in Oregon and is the subject of a planned Disney movie about Lowe disarming a gunman in a Oregon high school.