Former Wisconsin student-athlete Katie Dougherty enters her second season as Wisconsin assistant coach. Dougherty, a native of Ellicott City, Md., played for the Badgers from 1999-2002.
Dougherty's duties as assitant women's tennis coach include recruiting coordinator, where she is responsible for locating and developing relationships with talented student-athletes. With Dougherty as the recruiting coordinator, Wisconsin received votes by Tennisrecruiting.net in both 2008 and 2009 for top 25 recruiting class.
Day to day program management is also headed by Dougherty. She presides over team on-court training, schedules matches, communicates between team members and their athletic advisors, orders equipment and uniforms, and works with Sports Information to guarantee accurate results entries and press releases.
Dougherty is also active in community relations where she volunteers to put on free clinics for underpriveleged youth in the Madison area to promote the sport of tennis, Wisconsin's tennis program and Badger Athletics. Additonally, Dougherty works to create a close bond between alumni and the program to increase support and contributions.
Dougherty returns to Madison with a great deal of familiarity with the Big Ten. Beyond playing at UW, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State where she helped plan and run team and individual practices as well as managed the team's strength training. Additonally, Dougherty implemented creative marketing and promotional strategies to increase visiblity and attendance of team matches.
Prior to joining Penn State, Dougherty spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach at American University in Washington, D.C. There she helped lead the team to the Patriot League championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Dougherty has also gained experience beyond collegiate tennis, serving as a junior development coach at both the Four Star Tennis Academy in Merrifield, Va., and the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, Wis. At the Four Star Academy, Dougherty instructed a number of nationally-ranked juniors.
A four-year letterwinner for the Badgers, Dougherty finished her career with 45 singles victories. She was also a nationally-ranked doubles player, claiming 45 doubles wins in her career. Dougherty was ranked as high as #32 in the ITA doubles rankings. Included in that total was a victory in the deciding doubles match to upset Arkansas in the first round of the 1999 NCAA tournament. In 2002, she was invited to participate in the NCAA Youth Education Through Sports Program (YES), an annual clinic promoting the importance of education and athletics in the lives of young people.
Dougherty was a nationally-ranked junior player in singles and doubles and was the 1997 Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year. She graduated from Wisconsin in 2002 with a degree in English.