Jackie Doherty Named Final Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coach

Doherty concluded a stellar four-year career at Notre Dame in 2011.

June 9, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - Marquette University women's lacrosse head coach Meredith Black has rounded out her coaching staff by naming two-time first team All-American Jackie Doherty of Notre Dame as her final assistant coach.

"I am excited to have Jackie Doherty join my staff at Marquette after an amazing four-year collegiate career." Black said. "I had the honor to coach her for three years at Notre Dame where I saw her develop into an amazing player and leader. There is not an individual who will work harder and that is the exact type of player I want to bring to Marquette. Jackie's leadership, game sense and positive attitude will make her a wonderful coach and a perfect fit for our new team. I am confident that Jackie can make an immediate impact developing our defense to be a strong and cohesive unit."

Doherty comes to Marquette after a standout career for the Fighting Irish, in which she became the first two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) First Team All-American in program history.

The Ellicott City, Md., native helped Notre Dame to three-consecutive NCAA Championship appearances (2008-10) and the program's first BIG EAST Championship in 2009. That season, the Irish ended the year ranked No. 6 nationally, the highest ranking in ND women's lacrosse history.

Doherty was a 2011 preseason candidate for the Tewaaraton Award and served as a team captain. She also earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors, in addition to a place on the IWLCA West/Midwest Region First Team for the second consecutive year.

Doherty helped the Irish to the BIG EAST Championship title game for the second time in three seasons and was named to the all-tournament team in 2011. The senior defender led the BIG EAST in caused turnovers (2.42 per game) and ground balls (2.89 per game) and ranked third and 15th nationally in each category, respectively. She also helped the Irish tally their third-lowest goals-against average (9.58) in the program's 15-year history.

Following the 2011 season, she was named the Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player and the squad's top defensive player for the second year in a row.

Doherty finished her Notre Dame career first in program history in caused turnovers (117), tied for second in ground balls (177), fifth in draw controls (115) and tied for fourth in games played (72). She had 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points in four seasons and graduated in May 2011 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology.

"Jackie's tremendous personality should allow for unlimited potential in her role as assistant coach and should lead to significant results in recruiting, where her ability to relate to young women should flourish," Black said.

Black, formerly Meredith Simon, played for the Irish from 2001-04 and was an assistant coach from 2008-10. Black and Doherty are two of seven Notre Dame players named first team All-Americans during their careers.

Doherty's teammate at Notre Dame during the past three seasons was fellow IWLCA All-American Maggie Tamasitis, the sister of recently named Marquette assistant coach Courtney Tamasitis.

Marquette University announced it was adding varsity men's and women's lacrosse in December 2010. The school's first full season of varsity lacrosse will be 2012-13, with both the men's and women's programs set to join the BIG EAST Conference as full members beginning in 2013-14.

Photos courtesy of Notre Dame Athletic Media Relations.




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