Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/6/20
From Press Release
Philadelphia Barrage Coach Spencer Ford announced today the hiring of former Barrage great and current Springside Chestnut Hill Academy coach Brian Dougherty as an Assistant Coach for Major League Lacrosse’s newest team, overseeing strategy on both sides of the ball this season.
“A Barrage team would be incomplete without Doc,” said Ford. “When I
played in the league in ’07, we lost the Championship to the Barrage because of Doc. Beyond his legendary playing experience, he has coached youth through top D1 talent in Philadelphia, and now he will add coaching professionally in Philly to his already impressive resume.
“He understands the toughness we are building in the Barrage because he has personified it throughout his career. He is an all-time great and I am
honored to have him on my staff.”
Dougherty, who starred at Episcopal Academy and the University of Maryland, was drafted into the MLL for the inaugural season in 2001. His career spanned 2001 to 2009, during which he won three MLL Championships.
Dougherty was the starting goalie for the Philadelphia Barrage from 2004 to 2008. During that time he led the Barrage to two Championships
(’06 & ’07). To this day, Dougherty holds a number of records in the MLL record books, including fourth all-time save percentage in a single season (playing 6 games or more) achieved in the Barrage’s ’06 Championship season. In the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Barrage Dougherty was named MLL Goalie of the Year.
Dougherty’s career started here in Philadelphia, at The Episcopal Academy. He went on to play at Maryland, where was a two-time First-Team All-American and was also named the nation’s outstanding tournament player when he led the Terps to the finals in 1995.
Dougherty is a two-time recipient of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Goalie of the Year. His exceptional contribution and career with the Terps led to his induction into the University of Maryland Hall of Fame in 2008, a HOF class that also included lacrosse legend Kelly Amonte-Hiller.
After college he balanced his professional playing career between the MLL, the NLL and Team USA. Dougherty won two Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Gold Medals as the goalie for Team USA at the 1998 and 2010 FIL World Championships.
Since playing, Dougherty has had a decorated coaching career. He has coached for UPenn, Haverford College, Chestnut Hill College and now at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
“I am excited that the Barrage are back and that I will, again, get to be a part of the best lacrosse franchise in Major League Lacrosse history,” said Dougherty. “The memories I have playing with the Barrage and playing
in front of hometown fans, are some of the best of my career. Getting to come back and lead the next generation of MLL talent in front of the next generation of Philly fans, means the world.
“True to the spirit of Philly, Spencer and I want to build the toughest team in the league. The Barrage are Back and we are going to be better than ever!”
The Barrage home schedule will open with the team facing the Chesapeake Bayhawks on June 6. For more information on Barrage season tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (267) 843-0111. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 11.