Germantown Academy Director of Athletics Tim Ginter has announced the hiring of Charles “Chuck” Dougherty as the new head coach of the Girls Varsity Volleyball program.
“We feel very fortunate to have Chuck Dougherty lead our volleyball team,” said Ginter. “Throughout the interview process he emerged as the right candidate for the program. We believe he will bring stability, continue the program’s growth, and will get the most out of every student-athlete. We can’t wait for him to get started and prepare the players for the 2021 season and beyond.”
Dougherty is active in the local volleyball scene and has been coaching area volleyball players since 2006. In addition to coaching, Dougherty has also found success as an administrator. He founded the TNT Volleyball Club in 2016 and, as president, grew the program to 15 teams and 155 players by 2020. During his time at the helm, Dougherty has helped several student-athletes in the college recruiting process. He also serves as the director for the Saint Luke volleyball program, a position he has enjoyed since 2009. Since that time, he has grown the program from one team to four teams. By 2012, Saint Luke’s was a perennial playoff team and won the Regional 11 Varsity titles in 2014 and 2016.
Dougherty launched the Glenside AAU Volleyball Program in 2006 and led the program until 2016. During those 10 years, he grew the program to 145 players. In 2015, his 13-and-under team won gold and silver medals at AAU tournaments. He also served as the President of the Glenside Youth Athletic Club from 2006-17 where he was responsible for supporting 1,500 youth sports registrations per year and serving as chairman of an 18-member board and five-person executive board.
“I'm very excited to become a part of the GA family, and help grow the volleyball program into something that the GA community will be proud of,” said Dougherty. “I will strive to inspire the student-athletes to be confident, compassionate, collaborative, and honorable every time they take the court, while having fun and finding success.”
As a player, Dougherty is a member of the Ambler YMCA Adult League. He played in the AVB Doubles Beach tournaments (A/BB level) from 1993-97 and for the Raritan Valley Volleyball Club (A/BB level player) from 1993-97.
Away from volleyball, Dougherty, who graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems and Business, serves as the Senior Project Program Manager at AmeriGas.
GA lost five senior volleyball players to graduation, but will see a solid nucleus of seven varsity letterwinners returning to the program this fall.