Jim Daugherty was named the head men’s tennis coach at Valparaiso University in the fall of 1985 and has remained at the helm of the Crusader program ever since.
In 2008, Daugherty helped guide the Brown and Gold into its inaugural season in the Horizon League, where the Crusaders finished in fifth place in the conference tournament. A year later in 2009, his squad finished in a tie for fourth in the conference during the regular season, Valpo’s first top half finish since joining the league.
Daugherty was named Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, the third time he had received such an honor, after guiding the Crusaders to the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title. Daugherty, who also earned the accolade in 1988 and 1999, has been teaching and coaching tennis for nearly 30 years. He is a certified USPTA teaching professional.
During his tenure at Valpo, he has coached 36 All Mid-Continent Conference selections, including the conference Player of the Year honorees in 1998, 2002, and 2006.
Since joining the Horizon League, Daugherty had 16 players named to the Academic Honor Roll during the first four years in the conference.