James Doughtie was an outstanding high school and college football player and track star. During his junior and senior years at Portsmouth’s Woodrow Wilson high School, he was captain of the football and track teams. In football he garnered the following honors as a linebacker: All-Tidewater; All-Metro; All-American; and All-Eastern. He also received the Harry Bromley Trophy as Wilson’s most valuable player during the 1973 season.
In high school track and field during his junior year, Doughtie earned the following awards: 1973 MVP; Southeastern District 100 yard dash championship-time 9.7; MVP Trackmen of the year award from the Olympia Sports Club. During the 1973 season, Doughtie established a Wilson high School record for the 100 yard dash-time 9.9.
He didn’t slow down at all during his senior year in 1974. Again Doughtie was Southeastern Regional Champion. He also was named Outstanding Trackman of the year by the Portsmouth Sports Club. Doughtie was named Outstanding Performer and Wilson won the Portsmouth City High School Meet. In this meet, he won the 100-yard and 220-yard dashes and anchored Wilson’s winning mile relay team.
Doughtie, a 9.9 sprinter, was a mainstay on the Wilson President’s defense and went on to star in college at Norfolk State College, now university. At NSC, he was a 4-year starter at Linebacker and team co-captain from 1974-1977. He was a member of three CIAA Championship teams.
In 1974, Doughtie received a full scholarship to NSC for football but his passion for track lead him to “walk-on” the NSC track team. As in high school, his performance in college track paralleled his outstanding performance in college football. Doughtie was awarded the defense player of the year “Kindred Memorial” Award. He also was a member of three CIAA Championship teams.
In track, Doughtie was the 200 meter and 400 meter CIAA Champion as well as All-American in 1975, 1976, and 1977. He also was a member of the following two championship relay teams: CIAA 440-yard Relay in 1978; NCAA Division II 440-yard 1976. In 1976, Doughtie was a member of the 3rd place team in the NCAA Division II mile relay.