Story written by Maggie Redden, All-Sports Blog Contributor
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - At Penn State, everyone is part of the family and as we have done over the past couple of weeks, we're taking a few minutes to get to know our newest members. Next up is Missy Doherty, who was hired as the next head coach for Penn State women's lacrosse.
After a decade leading the Nittany Lion women's lacrosse team, Suzanne Isidor has passed the torch to Doherty. Isidor leaves the women's lacrosse program with 84 victories, two NCAA Tournament bids, and four years of playing for the Nittany Lions as a student-athlete. Doherty's tenure as head of the women's lacrosse program has already commenced, and she is ready to lead the Lions into the future.
While the future is yet to be written, let's delve into Doherty's past to discover the road she took that led her to Happy Valley.
Doherty's knowledge and expertise is rooted in being a four-year letterwinner on the University of Maryland's lacrosse team. A 1997 graduate, Doherty helped the Terrapins claim three NCAA crowns during her career. Doherty proved that she not only had game, but excelled in the classroom as well, being named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll three times.
Prior to landing at Penn State, Doherty had a seven-year stint as the head coach at Towson University. Doherty developed the Tigers into one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association. She posted a 79-46 record, including five seasons with 13 or more victories, which led to three CAA Tournament championships (2005, 2008-'09). Doherty coached six All-Americans including Towson's first three-time honoree.
Doherty's 2010 squad rewrote the record books at Towson, earning the program's first at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers also received their first-ever top 10 national ranking in the IWLCA Division I poll.
Doherty's coaching career began at Vanderbilt in 1998. From there she served as an assistant coach at Brown University from 1999-'00.
Before arriving at Towson, Doherty had a successful six-year run being an assistant coach at Princeton. She was integral in leading the Tigers to NCAA championships in 2002 and 2003. Princeton compiled a 49-9 record and captured three straight Ivy League crowns during Doherty's tenure.
Upon naming Doherty the head coach at Penn State, Director of Athletics, Tim Curley, had this to say about the women's lacrosse team's newest leader, "Missy is a rising star in collegiate women's lacrosse and Penn State is fortunate to be able to bring her to Happy Valley to lead our program. Missy has experienced success and is a proven winner as a player, assistant coach, and head coach. Her leadership and vision will positively impact our players. I am pleased and proud to welcome Missy to the Penn State family."
The All-Sports Blog wishes Coach Doherty the best of luck at the helm of the Nittany Lions.