Dougherty spent the last four seasons at Western Kentucky University helped produce one of the top offenses in the country in 2014 while aiding a defense that sported a .965 fielding percentage. WKU finished the regular season with the seventh most doubles in the nation (116) while ranking 18th in the country with 560 hits, 26th with a slugging percentage of .416 and 31st with a team batting average of .294. As a team, the Hilltoppers collected 10 or more hits in 31 games and out-hit their opponents on 37 occasions and five players finished with a batting average of .300 or better.
Dougherty experienced success at the highest level as an assistant at Coastal Carolina, as the Chanticleers made five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a berth in the Super Regionals in both 2008 and 2010. Also winning five consecutive conference regular season and tournament championships along with a perfect conference record of 29-0 in 2010.
Before making the move to Coastal Carolina, Dougherty spent a pair of seasons as an assistant coach at Army. During Dougherty's stay, the Black Knights won the Patriot League title and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. In Dougherty's first year at West Point, he helped second baseman Nate Stone to an All-America honor from the American Baseball Coaches' Association, becoming the first Army player in 40 years to accomplish that feat.
Before Army, Dougherty spent the 2003 season at Auburn, working with the Tigers' infielders, outfielders and catchers, while assisting with bunting and baserunning and helped Auburn to a #4 National Seed.
Dougherty began his coaching career at Elon University, spending four years as the Phoenix' hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator. During his time at Elon, Dougherty coached six all-conference performers and helped the Phoenix to their first NCAA Regional appearance in 2002.
Dougherty played two seasons at Coastal Carolina (1996-97), hitting .287 with 40 RBI in 104 games, playing mainly at shortstop, setting Coastal Carolina's single-season and career records for assists. Dougherty received his degree in interdisciplinary studies from Coastal Carolina in 1998.
Before Coastal Carolina, Dougherty played at Potomac State Junior College, where he posted a .370 career batting average and was a third team All-American in 1994. He was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American the following year, while helping the school to a national championship. He also was named to the Junior College World Series All-Tournament team that season. Dougherty was inducted into the Potomac State Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2008.