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Katie Dougherty has been named head coach of the Maryland women’s tennis program, Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced last week.
She has served on the Terps’ staff for the past three seasons, most recently as associate head coach. Before coming to College Park, she spent seven seasons as head coach at the University of Iowa, where she led the 2010 squad to the NCAA championships.
"I feel so fortunate to join such an outstanding group of coaches, and a university and athletic department with a longstanding tradition of excellence,” Dougherty said. “I am looking forward to working with this great group of student-athletes and building the program. We will be committed to excelling on the court, in the classroom and in the community."
A native of Ellicott City, Md., Dougherty has coached in the Big Ten for the majority of her career with stints as an assistant at Penn State (2004–07) and Wisconsin (2007–09) in addition to American (2003–04). She competed for Wisconsin, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in English in 2002. She graduated with a master’s in education from Missouri in 2017.
Since Dougherty's arrival in College Park, Maryland has featured two All-Big Ten performers, and the 2017 recruiting class received votes in the top 25.
"We have been impressed by Katie's great player development skills and recruiting acumen over the past few seasons,” Evans said. “That, combined with her past success as a head coach in the Big Ten, makes her a tremendous fit as the next leader of Maryland women's tennis."
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