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Missy Doherty
Missy  Doherty

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Maryland '97


Penn State No. 12 in Learfield Directors' Cup Standings

Women's Lacrosse earns NCAA semifinal berth; Men's Tennis advances to NCAA Second Round


Women’s Lacrosse Earns No. 4 Final Ranking in IWLCA Poll

Nittany Lions ranked fourth following program’s 10th NCAA Semifinal appearance


Cyr, Mosketti Earn NCAA All-Championship Nods

Penn State senior duo recognized for outstanding play during the NCAA Championship


BLOG: Nittany Lions Prove They Belong With the Nation's Best


No. 11 Nittany Lions Unable to Rally Past No. 3 UNC in 12-11 National Semifinal Loss

Penn State closes game on 4-0 run but can't find equalizer to force OT


Penn State Women's Lacrosse at North Carolina

The No. 7 Penn State women's lacrosse team fell, 11-8, in the NCAA Quarterfinals at No. 2 UNC. Photos by Spencer Herlong.


No. 7 Nittany Lions Knock Off Northwestern, 13-10, in Big Ten Semifinals

No. 7 Nittany Lions Knock Off Northwestern, 13-10, in Big Ten Semifinals

Photo by Ben Solomon


Spring Sports Media Day

Spring Sports Media Day

Phone: 814-863-7476 | Email: | @CoachDohertyPSU



Head coach Missy Doherty is set for her sixth year at Penn State in 2016 as she leads the Nittany Lions as defending Big Ten Tournament champions. Doherty's guidance has seen Penn State reach four straight NCAA Tournaments and three NCAA Quarterfinals in that timespan.

The 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year, ECAC Coach of the Year and IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year, Doherty led PSU to a 16-5 mark in 2015. Penn State went 13-1 late in the season to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals and narrowly missed the program's first semifinals appearance in 16 years. Doherty coached three IWLCA All-Americans, six IWLCA All-Region players and five All-Big Ten honorees including Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Emi Smith.

PSU has made four straight appearances under Doherty's watch, the most consecutive appearances at the school since 1993. The 16 wins in 2015 were the most since the 1989 national championship.

Following a pair of NCAA Quarterfinals appearances in 2012 and 2013, Doherty guided her Nittany Lions to a 10-8 overall mark and a third NCAA Tournament showing.

During Doherty's third year at the program's helm in 2013, Penn State continued its national ascension. The Nittany Lions reached the NCAA quarterfinals for the second straight season, making back-to-back appearance for the first time since a three-year span from 1995-97, and captured the program's most wins since 1999. Penn State, which went 14-7, also claimed a share of its first ALC regular-season championship with a 4-1 conference mark.

Under her guidance, Penn State defeated its highest ranked opponent since 2007 with a 16-11 upset victory against then-No. 2 Florida. The Nittany Lions, who were ranked as high as No. 6 for the first time since 2007, also finished a perfect 9-0 at home to complete their first undefeated home campaign since 1991.

In 2012, Doherty led Penn State to a 12-7 record, earning the program's most wins since 2005 and its third consecutive double-digit win season. Five of those wins came against ranked opponents, including three versus top-10 teams. Penn State excelled on the road in 2012, registering eight victories, the most by the Nittany Lions since the 1989 national championship team. Penn State received an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA championship, advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999.

In her first season at the helm of the collegiate women's lacrosse's second winningest program, Doherty led the Penn State to a 10-8 record and a second-place finish in the American Lacrosse Conference. The Nittany Lions knocked off four ranked opponents during the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the ALC Championship.

In five seasons in Happy Valley, Doherty has coached 11 IWLCA All-Americans, 21 IWLCA All-Region athletes, 19 all-conference members and one CoSIDA Academic All-American.

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.

In 2010, Doherty guided Towson to a season of unprecedented success, as the Tigers earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and received their first-ever top 10 national ranking in the IWLCA Division I poll.

Prior to arriving at Towson, Doherty had a successful six-year stretch as an assistant coach at three different schools. At Princeton University, she was an integral member of the coaching staff that led the Tigers to NCAA championships in 2002 and 2003. During Doherty's tenure, Princeton compiled a 49-9 record and captured three straight Ivy League crowns.

Doherty also served two seasons at Brown University (1999-2000) after starting her coaching career at Vanderbilt in 1998.

A 1997 graduate of the University of Maryland, Doherty (nee Holmes) was a four-year letterwinning defender, helping the Terrapins claim three NCAA championships. Maryland was a dominant force in collegiate women's lacrosse during her career, amassing a remarkable 68-2 record, including an NCAA record 50-game winning streak. Also a standout in the classroom, Doherty was a three-time honoree on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

In 2010, Doherty earned a master degree's in Biology from Towson University.

The former Missy Holmes, she is married to Brian Doherty. The couple has two sons, Evan and Nathan.

At Towson Record Conf. Notes
2004 14-4 6-1 CAA Coach of the Year
2005 13-6 5-2 CAA Champions, NCAA First Round
2006 7-10 4-3
2007 6-9 3-4
2008 13-6 5-2 CAA Champions, NCAA First Round
2009 13-6 5-2 CAA Champions, NCAA First Round
2010 13-5 6-1 NCAA First Round
Total at TU 76-46 34-15 Three CAA Championships, Four NCAA Tourneys
At Penn State Record Conf. Notes
2011 10-8 3-2
2012 12-7 3-2 NCAA Quarterfinals
2013 14-7 4-1 ALC Champions, NCAA Quarterfinals
2014 10-8 3-3 NCAA First Round
2015 16-5 4-1 Big Ten Tourney Champions, NCAA Quarterfinals, B1G Coach of the Year
Total at PSU 62-35 17-9 Two Conference Championships, Four NCAAs, Three NCAA Quarters
Career Total 141-81 51-24 Seven NCAA Tourneys, Five Conference Championships, Two COY Honors


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