“I am extremely excited to announce this promotion,” Panovasaid. “Our team had one of its best seasons in program history last year, and that is in large part due to Katie’s arrival in College Park. She made an immediate impact both on the court and on the recruiting trail. I am looking forward to continuing to build on our successes from last season with Katie as our Associate Head Coach.”
“This is a great honor and I’m grateful to Daria, Dr. Jamie Williams and Kevin Anderson for this opportunity to expand my role with our program,” said Dougherty. “While I’m looking forward to getting back to work with our team and talented recruiting class in a few weeks, I’m also extremely excited to continue being a part of the tremendous athletic department we have at Maryland. We made great strides last season and I look forward to continue building on our successes on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”
The Terps found immediate success in Dougherty’s first year with the program. The team had its most successful spring season in program history, going 16-6 (7-4 B1G) and earning the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the second consecutive season. Dougherty has also had a major impact onMaryland’s 2017 recruiting class, which includes five-star recruit Zoe Kulkarni. The class also features Eva Alexandrova -- who ranked as high as No. 118 in the ITF rankings – and Kansas State transfer Millie Stretton, who was a member of the 2016 All-Big 12 Freshman Team.
Dougherty came to College Park after spending seven years as the head coach at Iowa. During her time in Iowa City, theHawkeyes earned five first-team All-Big Ten honors, advanced two doubles teams to the NCAA Championships and earned 22 Academic All-Big Ten honors. She also recruited the 2017 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Elise Van Huevelen.
A Big Ten lifer, Dougherty has now spent 11 years coaching in the conference. Before her time at Iowa, she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin. Her 2008 and 2009 recruiting classes received national recognition from Tennisrecruiting.net.
Dougherty also served as an assistant coach at Penn State (2004-07) and American University (2003-04) before her time at Wisconsin. She competed collegiately at the University of Wisconsin where she was a four-year letterwinner . She graduated in 2002 with a degree in English.