Aug 29, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery announced Thursday that he has hired former Centenary star Emerald Doria to his coaching staff.
Doria fills the opening on the staff left by the departure of John Garris, who accepted the first assistant position at Southern University. Garris spent one season in Ruston helping Montgomery and Co. earn the program's highest finish ever in Western Athletic Conference regular season play.
Doria, who has spent the past four years at C.E. Byrd High School including three as the head coach of the varsity program, lettered for four years at Centenary College in Shreveport where she played for Montgomery.
"Of course we are sad to see John go, but we wish him well and know that he will help elevate the Southern softball program to new heights," Montgomery said. "We are so excited to have Emerald be joining our staff. Her experience having played at the highest level and having four years of coaching experience will allow her to make an immediate impact on our program. She was a phenomenal player and captain for me at Centenary, and I am sure she will be 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 two 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.