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Philly icon Dougherty is named head men’s lacrosse coach at Chestnut Hill College

Thursday, 14th October 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/14/10
From Press Releases and Staff Reports

Brian Dougherty, who helped Team USA win a World Championship this summer and has coached at several Philly colleges, has been named head coach at Chestnut Hill College, Director of Athletics and Recreation Lynn Tubman announced today.

Dougherty, who was an assistant coach at Haverford College and then last year at Pennsylvania, is an Episcopal Academy graduate who has been one of the world’s top goalies for more than a decade in professional and international lacrosse. He also has stayed close to his Philly roots by teaching clinics in the area and playing this summer for the American Lacrosse League champion GMH Philadelphia team.

In February, Dougherty will be among the class being inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

“Chestnut Hill College is dedicated to building a quality NCAA Division II program and we feel Brian will make an immediate impact on the positive growth we have already recognized in only our second season,” Tubman said. “To have one of the most decorated players in the history of men’s lacrosse lead our program is incredibly exciting.”

Earning distinguished awards at the collegiate, professional, and international level, Tubman recognizes Dougherty’s impressive lacrosse career and the effects it can have on the college’s men’s lacrosse program.

“Brian has reached the highest level possible as a player and he is ready to commit himself to achieving the same success as a college coach,” she said.

Dougherty – know by many as ‘Doc” – was a two-time recipient of Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Goalie of the Year (1995 and 1996). He helped lead Maryland University to the NCAA Division I Tournament Championships in 1995, earning himself the title of Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was a two-time, First Team, All-American while playing for the Terrapins from 1993-1996.

He was inducted into the Maryland Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Following college, Dougherty went on to unprecedented success as a goalie at the professional and international levels. After a couple seasons in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), Dougherty’s Major League Lacrosse career spanned from 2001 to 2009.

As a member of the Rochester Rattlers, the Long Island Lizards, and the Philadelphia Barrage, Dougherty took home the league’s Goalie of the Year title in 2003, 2006, and 2007, eventually earning him the goalie position on the MLL All-Decade Team for 2001-2010. On the international level, Dougherty won two Foundation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Gold Medals as the goalie for the United States of America (USA) at the 1998 and 2010 FIL World Championships.

“I am extremely excited to become the head coach for the Chestnut Hill College men’s lacrosse program,” he said. “I would like to thank Lynn Tubman and all her staff for having the confidence in me to lead the Griffins. I believe this is a tremendous opportunity to take over a program in only its second year and am excited to compete in the toughest conference in Division II.”

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