June 29, 2012

Dougherty Named Interim Coach at William Smith

from press release

- William Smith College Director of Athletics Deb Steward has appointed Brighde Dougherty '04 to serve as interim head coach of lacrosse for the 2012-13 academic year. She takes over for US Lacrosse Hall of Famer Pat Genovese, who retired as coach after 39 seasons.

"As we transition from the legacy of Pat Genovese as our lacrosse coach, we are fortunate to have Brighde step in to lead the team," Steward said. "She is passionate about Heron lacrosse, has tremendous knowledge of the game and is an effective teacher."

Dougherty was humbled and thankful for the opportunity to become just the second head coach in William Smith lacrosse history.

"Having played for and coached with Pat Genovese, it is with deep respect that I aim to carry on the tradition of excellence that is William Smith lacrosse," Dougherty said.

A native of Sea Girt, N.J., Dougherty's coaching resume includes two seasons as head coach at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, guiding the Sagehens from club to Division III status. She also spent a season as the head coach of the girls' varsity lacrosse team at St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J. Dougherty has served as an assistant coach for the Herons for four seasons, including each of the past two.

A 2004 second-team IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-American, Dougherty produced 85 career goals and 26 career assists for 111 points. She helped William Smith to a 61-9 overall record (.871), including a 14-2 mark in the Liberty League. During her career, the Herons captured two Liberty League titles, three NCAA Tournament berths, including the 2003 appearance in the national semifinals, and the 2001 ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship.

Dougherty earned a bachelor's degree in media and society from William Smith in 2004 and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a master's degree in organizational leadership in 2009.

The Herons finished the season with a 9-9 overall record and a 7-2 mark in Liberty League play. Seeded third, William Smith upset No. 2 RIT in the Liberty League Tournament semifinals, but fell to top-seeded Rensselaer in the championship game. The Herons will return 17 of 23 players from the 2012 squad. Additionally, Dougherty was instrumental in recruiting the 12 members of the incoming William Smith Class of 2016 that will bolster the roster.

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