Jim Daugherty was named the head men’s tennis coach at Valparaiso University in the fall of 1985 and has remained at the helm of the Crusader program ever since.
In 2008, Daugherty helped guide the Brown and Gold into its inaugural season in the Horizon League, where the Crusaders finished in fifth place in the conference tournament. A year later in 2009, his squad finished in a tie for fourth in the conference during the regular season, Valpo’s first top half finish since joining the league.
Daugherty was named Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year in 2002, the third time he had received such an honor, after guiding the Crusaders to the Mid-Continent Conference regular season title. Daugherty, who also earned the accolade in 1988 and 1999, has been teaching and coaching tennis for nearly 30 years. He is a certified USPTA teaching professional.
During his tenure at Valpo, he has coached 36 All Mid-Continent Conference selections, including the conference Player of the Year honorees in 1998, 2002, and 2006.
Since joining the Horizon League, Daugherty had 16 players named to the Academic Honor Roll during the first four years in the conference.
Daugherty was also the head women’s coach at Valparaiso from 1985-1995 simultaneously while coaching the men’s program.
Daugherty played collegiate tennis at Ball State University from 1974-1977, where he played consistently at the top of the lineup in both singles and doubles. Daugherty captained the team during both his junior and senior season with the Cardinals. He earned his B.S. degree in business administration from Ball State in 1977 and his M.S. degree in sport management from the U.S. Sports Academy in 1993.
In addition to coaching, Daugherty has been teaching in Valpo's physical education department for 25 years. Jim and his wife Cathy reside in Valparaiso.