PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse head coach Mike Murphy has announced the hiring of Brian Dougherty as an assistant coach with the Quakers. He will join second-year assistant Chris Wojcik on Murphy's staff.
"We are very excited to bring Brian to our staff," said Murphy. "He has a unique set of skills and will make significant contributions to our program. 'Doc' has been arguably the best player around at his position for the better part of a decade, and he is also fantastic at developing goalies. He possesses a great mind and eye for lacrosse, and will be an asset in all phases of the game. We are excited to have him serve as our defensive coordinator. Additionally, Doc is perhaps the most celebrated player to come out of Philadelphia, and he will play a key role in recruiting in our backyard. Doc's combination of knowledge and enthusiasm will enhance everything we do, and we're excited to have him on board."
"I would like to thank the University of Pennsylvania and Mike Murphy for giving me this opportunity," said Dougherty. "I am a local guy who has risen to the highest level of the game, and I am excited to bring my energy and passion for the game of lacrosse to the Penn family.Coach Murphy and I have worked together for nine of the past 10 years, and we feel like we have a good understanding of what it takes to run a successful program. I am excited to get started and look forward to the challenges of competing in the Ivy League."
Dougherty -- who was an assistant under Murphy at Haverford College -- is one of the most recognizable names in the lacrosse world. A goalie, he has enjoyed a stellar career at the pro level after one of the most prolific college careers in history at the University of Maryland.
Dougherty has played professionally in Major League Lacrosse since 2001, earning that league's Goalie of the Year award three times (2003, 2006, 2007). He was also a member of three MLL championship teams, the Long Island Lizards in 2003 and the Philadelphia Barrage in both 2006 and 2007. A regular in the MLL All-Star Game, this past season Dougherty was the starting goalie for the Lizards.
Internationally, Dougherty was the starting goalkeeper on the United States team that won the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) World Championships title in 1998, and he is on the U.S. roster for the 2010 World Championships that will take place this July in Manchester, England.
A 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland, Dougherty was the 1995 Lt. Raymond Enners Award winner as the nation's outstanding player and a two-time recipient of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the nation's top goalkeeper (1995, 1996). He earned All-America honors both of those years and was also MVP of the 1995 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship, when Maryland advanced to the final before losing to Syracuse. In 1996, Dougherty ended his collegiate career by being named the Outstanding Player of the North-South All-Star Game.
Dougherty played his high school lacrosse locally, at Episcopal Academy, and was a member of that school's 1991 state championship team. His father, Dan, is a legendary basketball coach at Episcopal who has more than 500 wins to his credit.