Doria will continue to handle the Lady Techster infielders and be the primary hitting coach. The former Centenary star also oversees the video editing aspect of the program while also being heavily involved in recruiting.
“Emerald is invaluable to me and to this program,” Montgomery said. “During the past three years on staff, she has not only met every expectation I had for her but she has exceeded them.”
During her first three years in Ruston, Doria has been instrumental in Louisiana Tech’s success, including back-to-back 30-plus win seasons – the first time the program has accomplished this since 1999. The Lady Techsters have also broken more than a dozen individual and team single season offensive records, including setting single season program records this past year for home runs, runs and RBI.
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.
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.
She is married to Candace (Rushing) Doria and the couple is expecting their first child early in 2017.
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