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Missy Doherty was introduced as the ninth head coach in Penn State women's lacrosse program history on July 2, 2010. Doherty has led the Nittany Lions to three NCAA Tournament appearances in four years.
A winner of five national championships as a player and coach, Doherty came to Happy Valley after a highly successful stint at Towson University in Baltimore. In seven years at Towson, Doherty built the Tigers into one of the top teams in the Colonial Athletic Association and into a nationally recognized and competitive program. At Towson, she posted an impressive 79-46 (.632) record, including five seasons with 13 or more victories, and led it to three CAA Tournament championships (2005, 2008-09) and a share of one CAA regular season title (2008). Doherty coached six All-Americans during her tenure, including Towson's first three-time honoree in program history.
Amy AltigAmy Altig, an assistant at Princeton for three years, was introduced as an addition to Missy Doherty's staff at Penn State on July 27, 2010. Altig will be involved in coaching the goalkeepers and defense. At Princeton, working primarily with the goalkeepers, Altig helped develop an All-American in net and establish the Tigers as one of the Ivy League's and nation's top defenses. In her three years at Princeton, the Tigers compiled a 33-19 record and qualified for the NCAA Tournament twice.
Brooke Matthews joined the Penn State women's lacrosse staff on June 21, 2012. Prior to coming to Penn State, Matthews served as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's, where she worked under former Nittany Lion player and assistant coach BJ Johnson (Lucey). In 2012, Matthews helped The Mount win eight games and reach the Northeast Conference championship game. A four-year starting midfielder for Northwestern (2008-11), Matthews was a part of 85 wins, three national championships (2008-09, 2011), and four American Lacrosse Conference titles.