Emerald Doria
Emerald  Doria

Associate Head Coach



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Emerald Doria begins her fifth season on Mark Montgomery’s staff in Ruston, her first as the associate head coach after earning the much-deserved promotion following her work during her days at Louisiana Tech.

Doria, who played for Montgomery during her collegiate days at Centenary College in Shreveport, has been instrumental in helping Louisiana Tech record three straight 30-plus win seasons.

Included in that success was LA Tech’s 2017 magical run to the Conference USA West Division title, its first ever C-USA Tournament title and the program’s first NCAA Regional since 2008. Tech won 38 games in 2017, the most by a LA Tech team since the 1995 team won 40.

Doria, who handles the Lady Techster infielders and serves as the primary hitting coach, has been a big reason why LA Tech has broken more than 20 single season and career offensive records during the past four years. 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. “She earned the promotion to associate head coach with all of the hard work she has done on and off the field the last four years. She is my sounding board and my confidant when it comes to this program. She is a huge reason why we have been able to elevate this program the last four years.”

During her four years in Ruston, Doria has been instrumental in Louisiana Tech's success, including back-to-back-to-back 30-plus win seasons -- the first time the program has accomplished this since 1997-1999.

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 has a newborn son, Mays


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