ROANOKE, Va. --- It was announced this week, by Hollins Director of Athletics, Myra Sims, that Erin Doherty has been named the new head lacrosse coach for HU lacrosse.
"I am so excited to bring Erin to Hollins University to lead our lacrosse program into a new era, as we are committed to a successful relaunch of the program," Sims said "Given Hollins' long tradition in the sport and the need to rebuild after a year off due to the pandemic, I am confident that Erin brings the right mix of experience in coaching and recruiting, and a strong commitment to the successful mentorship and development of young women. She has previously worked at a single gender institution, established a brand new program, and been part of a highly successful Division III program, and all of those experiences will be invaluable as she rebuilds the Hollins program. Erin has many connections in the lacrosse world from her time recruiting to three different institutions, and I am confident that she will be successful as a recruiter and as a leader for our lacrosse student-athletes."
Doherty comes to Hollins from Fayette, Iowa where she's been the head women's lacrosse coach since 2017 at Upper Iowa University, the only DII institution in Iowa. She was tasked with launching the Peacocks lacrosse program. In her three years at the helm, she brought in 17 players from 10 different states. The Peacocks inaugural season was cut short in 2020 due to COVID. While at Upper Iowa, she was also the SAAC Co-Advisor, the Mentors in Violence Prevention Facilitator and the Title IX Investigator.
Prior to her time in Fayette, she was the head coach at Bay Path University, an all-women's college in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and was also an assistant coach for the Western New England University lacrosse team. During her time at Western New England, the Golden Bears were regular season conference champions from 2013-2015, Commonwealth Coast Conference Champions in 2015 and made it to the NCAA DIII Second Round in 2015. They were the conference runners-up in 2013, ECAC Championship runners-up 2013 and had the third best turnaround season in NCAA History in the 2013 season.
"I am excited and thankful to become part of the Hollins University community and family," Doherty said. "The energy and passion of the administrators, fellow coaches and the student-athletes is what has drawn me to Hollins. It is really something special to see and be asked to join. I am thrilled to be working with the current team, alumni and admissions to bring the lacrosse program into its next phase. Special thank you to Myra, the players, my mentors and my family. Go Green!"
Doherty will start full-time at Hollins on June 7 and look to build on a Green and Gold team that graduated six players from its 2020-21 roster.
--- This release is courtesy of the Hollins University sports information department. ---