Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/18/17
From Press Release
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is pleased to announce that Brian Dougherty, former All-American lacrosse goalie and current Long Island Lizards (MLL) defensive coordinator, will join its coaching staff as varsity boys’ lacrosse coach for the 2017-2018 school year.
An experienced coach and accomplished athlete who also is a member of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Dougherty will also coach middle school football and middle school basketball.
“We are excited that a person with Brian’s passion and experience will guide the boys’ varsity lacrosse program going forward,” said SCH Head of School Steve Druggan. “Our teams will benefit from Brian’s diverse experience and high expectations for level of play. Our search team committee was impressed with Brian’s breadth of experience, including playing as an Inter-Ac star at Episcopal Academy. What a bonus for SCH that Brian will return to his roots and lead our boys.”
Dougherty replaces Mike DelGrande, whose contract was not renewed after eight seasons.
Dougherty has established himself as an icon in the lacrosse world, reaching the highest levels of competition at the high school, collegiate, professional, and international levels.
He served as assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania (2009-2010) and Haverford College (2002-2008), and was head coach at Chestnut Hill College (2011-2017). He was 49-44 in his seven seasons at Chestnut Hill.
Dougherty’s is a two-time recipient of Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Goalie of the Year for 1995 and 1996. Dougherty helped lead the University of Maryland 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. Dougherty graduated from the University of Maryland in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice.
Dougherty went on to extraordinary success as a goalie at the professional and international levels following college. After several 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 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Gold Medals as the goalie for the United States of America (USA) at the 1998 and 2010 FIL World Championships.
Dougherty was inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012. He also is a member of the University of Maryland Hall of Fame.
Dougherty is one of the only players perhaps ever to win championships at the pro (Barrage), post-collegiate club (GMH Philadelphia) and World (Team USA) levels.