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Katie Dougherty
Katie  Dougherty

Head Coach (sixth season)

Alma Mater:
Wisconsin, 2002


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Hawkeyes drop to (8-10), 2-6 in the B1G


Wisconsin Tops Iowa, 4-3

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Hawkeyes Bring Home B1G Victory

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Drake Tops Iowa, 4-3

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Nebraska at Iowa

Nebraska at Iowa Sunday, March 29, 2015


Iowa Women's Tennis vs defeats UMKC 7-0

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The Iowa Hawkeyes battle the DePaul Blue Demons

The Iowa Hawkeyes battle the DePaul Blue Demons at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center.


Hawkeyes vs. Indiana

Iowa women's tennis April 5, 2013

Katie Dougherty enters her sixth season as head coach of the Iowa women's tennis program. Dougherty is a nine-year coaching veteran in the Big Ten Conference, having spent time at Penn State and Wisconsin prior to arriving in Iowa City. Dougherty, a native of Ellicott City, Md., was named the University of Iowa's seventh women's head coach November 19, 2009.

Before Dougherty arrived on campus, the women's tennis program had advanced to the NCAA Division I doubles championship just two times. That appearance total doubled in 2011 when the Hawkeyes sent a doubles tandem to the NCAA tournament for the second time in as many seasons under Dougherty's watch.

In 2010, her first season at Iowa, the Hawkeyes reached No. 18 in the ITA national rankings, the highest ranking in program history, and earned the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Championships. Dougherty guided Iowa to the NCAA Championships, ending a four-year postseason drought, and the team's 17-7 overall record made Dougherty the winningest first-year coach in program history. Under Dougherty's leadership, Iowa's No. 1 doubles team of Merel Beelen and Sonja Molnar earned the No. 14 seed in the doubles tournament at the NCAA Championships. The duo became Iowa's first doubles team to advance to the national championships since 2000.

Prior to joining the Hawkeyes, Dougherty served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the women's tennis program and served as a co-director of Badger summer tennis camps. Her 2008 and 2009 recruiting classes received national recognition from Tennisrecruiting.net.

Dougherty served as an assistant coach at Penn State (2004-07) and American University (2003-04) before joining the Badgers. She helped guide American to the 2004 Patriot League title and 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.

Before beginning her coaching career at the Western Racquet Club in 2003, Dougherty competed collegiately at Wisconsin (1999-2002). 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 career doubles wins.

Since 2008, Dougherty has been a Professional Tennis Registry Certified Professional. She 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.

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