Emerald Doria enters her second season as an assistant coach for Mark Montgomery and the Louisiana Tech softball program, her first as Montgomery's top assistant.
Doria will continue to handle the Lady Techster infielders and assist with hitting. The former Centenary star will now oversee the video editing aspect of the program while also becoming more involved in recruiting. She was promoted following the departure of Jeannie Murphy in January.
"Promoting Emerald to this position was a no brainer," Montgomery said. "During the past 18 months on staff, she has not only met every expectation I had for her but she has exceeded them. It wasn't a matter of making an easy move. It was a matter of making the right move. She has earned the promotion."
Doria spent four years at C.E. Byrd High School including three as the head coach of the varsity program prior to coming to Tech in the summer of 2014. She lettered for four years at Centenary College in Shreveport where she played for Montgomery.
"Emerald's experience playing at the highest level combined with four years of coaching experience allowed her to make an immediate impact on our program," Montgomery said. "She was a phenomenal player and captain for me at Centenary and has been a great addition to the Louisiana Tech Athletic Family."
During her career at Centenary, Doria became one of the Ladies all-time offensive leaders as she still ranks in numerous categories, including No. 1 in runs scored (127), No. 1 in walks (107), No. 3 in hits (165), No. 3 in home runs (22), No. 3 in slugging percentage (.458), No. 5 in at bats (586) and No. 5 in total bases (259).
She was a three-time all-conference selection (1st team Mid-Con in 2006; 2nd team Summit League in 2007, 2008) while also earning the Mid-Con Conference Freshman of the Year award and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association co-Freshman of the Year award in 2006. She was a four-year starter at shortstop and a two-time team captain for Montgomery.
Doria began her coaching career as an assistant in 2009 for the late Dan Moreman at Byrd High School. In December of 2009, she took over as the associate head coach and then was promoted to head coach in August of 2010.
During her time at Byrd, she led the Yellow Jackets to a pair of district titles and four playoff appearances while being named the district coach of the year in 2011.
The San Antonio, Texas native earned her bachelor's degree in health and exercise science at Centenary 2010 and is pursuing her master's degree in education.