Genovese Retires as Herons' Coach; Dougherty Named Interim

William Smith competed as an independent in lacrosse until 2001 when the Herons joined the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (the UCAA was renamed the Liberty League in 2004-05). In 12 seasons in the conference, William Smith went 73-24, capturing the regular season and tournament titles in 2003 and 2004. The Herons also captured the regular season crown in 2006 while finishing second in the standings in 2001, 2002, and 2012.

On March 31, 2004, Genovese led William Smith to a 13-6 win at St. John Fisher, becoming the first Division III women's lacrosse coach to record 300 career wins. Today, only two coaches in NCAA women's lacrosse have more career wins (Navy's Cindy Timchal and TCNJ's Sharon Pfluger).

Genovese also served as the head coach of field hockey (1971-87) and basketball (1971-77). The first of only two coaches to lead the field hockey program, she compiled a record of 123-98-5, leading the Herons to the 1987 NCAA Championship game. On the hardwood, Genovese was 26-35, including a 7-1 mark in 1971-72 which set the program standard for winning percentage (.875) that stood for 22 seasons.

Genovese has earned a great deal of acclaim for her career success. She has been named the National Lacrosse Coach of the Year three times, Regional Lacrosse Coach of the Year three times, State Coach of the Year three times, and a three-time coach in the North-South All-Star Game. She is a member of five Halls of Fame, including the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame and the Heron Hall of Honor.

Additional Comments from Genovese:

"I will always cherish my coaching moments; the wins, the losses, the ups and downs of my players, my assistant coaches, and my fellow lacrosse coaches."

"I'm very fortunate to continue my work here with such an inspiring and dedicated administration, faculty and staff. I thank President Mark Gearan, Vice President of Student Affairs Robb Flowers and the entire college community for the opportunities provided."

"I'm very privileged to work in the most dedicated athletic department, with innovative leadership from Athletics Director Deb Steward, and inspiration from our coaches; the educators, and staff members who continually go above and beyond to make Hobart and William Smith Colleges the place to be."

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William Smith College Director of Athletics Deb Steward has appointed Brighde Dougherty '04 to serve as interim head coach of lacrosse for the 2012-2013 academic year. She takes over for US Lacrosse Hall of Famer Pat Genovese, who retired as coach after 39 seasons.

"As we transition from the legacy of Pat Genovese as our lacrosse coach, we are fortunate to have Brighde step in to lead the team," Steward said. "She is passionate about Heron lacrosse, has tremendous knowledge of the game and is an effective teacher."

Dougherty was humbled and thankful for the opportunity to become just the second head coach in William Smith lacrosse history.

"Having played for and coached with Pat Genovese, it is with deep respect that I aim to carry on the tradition of excellence that is William Smith lacrosse," Dougherty said.

A native of Sea Girt, N.J., Dougherty's coaching resume includes two seasons as head coach at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, guiding the Sagehens from club to Division III status. She also spent a season as the head coach of the girls' varsity lacrosse team at St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J. Dougherty has served as an assistant coach for the Herons for four seasons, including each of the past two.

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