Brendan Dougherty has officially joined the Dirtbags full-time staff after spending the past 17 years as a college baseball coach at Western Kentucky, Coastal Carolina, Army, Auburn and Elon.

Dougherty will carrying on the Dirtbags tradition of excellence in South Carolina as the leader of the Dirtbags South Carolina team program, consisting of youth teams through 18-under.

Dougherty played two seasons at Coastal Carolina (1996-97), hitting .287 with 40 RBI in 104 games, playing mainly at shortstop, setting Coastal Carolina’s single-season and career records for assists. Dougherty received his degree in interdisciplinary studies from Coastal Carolina in 1998.

Before Coastal Carolina, Dougherty played at Potomac State Junior College, where he posted a .370 career batting average and was a third team All-American in 1994. He was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American the following year, while helping the school to a national championship. He also was named to the Junior College World Series All-Tournament team that season. Dougherty was inducted into the Potomac State Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2008.

Dougherty married the former Jonna Bunn in December of 2008. The couple has two sons, Cruz Watson, born Nov. 1, 2010 and Knox Patrick, born on April 19, 2013.

The Dougherty File

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Coastal Carolina (1998)

Coaching Experience
Elon, Assistant (1999-02)
Auburn, Assistant (2003)
Army, Assistant (2004-05)
Coastal Carolina, Assistant (2006-11)
WKU, Assistant (2011-present)

Playing Experience
Potomac State Junior College (1994-95)
Coastal Carolina (1996-97)