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Katie Dougherty has resigned as coach of Iowa women’s tennis program, the university announced Tuesday.

Dougherty, a native of Ellicott City, Md., is expecting to accept an assistant coaching position at the University of Maryland.

 

“I want to thank Gary Barta and everyone at the University of Iowa for their support the past seven years,” Dougherty said in a university news release. “I have had the privilege of working with exceptional student-athletes, assistant coaches, and support staff. This was a very difficult decision, but we have the opportunity to relocate our growing family closer to home and to pursue a new opportunity.  I will be forever grateful for the opportunity Iowa gave me and the amazing people I worked alongside.”

Dougherty had led the Hawkeye program since 2010. The Hawkeyes reached No. 18 in the ITA national rankings in 2010, the highest in school history, and advanced to the NCAA Championships. Dougherty’s 17-7 record in 2010 made her the winningest first-year coach in program history.

Last year's team finished 10-15, but 0-11 in the Big Ten Conference.