Track & Field - Men's

Men's Coach

Tony Dougherty
Director of Track and Field


This year Coach Dougherty begins his 25th season coaching in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA. He began working as an assistant coach at Pima Community College in 1988, the year after his final season competing for the Arizona Wildcats.  While at Pima, Coach Dougherty trained the throwers and as a result had a number of National Championships and All Americans.  Many of Dougherty's throwers went on to have successful collegiate careers at UCLA, UCONN, Utah, NMSU, ASU, and Colorado State to name a few.

In 2000, Coach Dougherty joined Central Arizona College as a throws coach.  As the 2014 season begins, 30 of the 40 throwers on the CAC Women's Top Ten lists (hammer, shot, discus, and javelin) and 23 of the 40 throwers on the CAC Men's Top Ten lists are athletes coached by Dougherty.  Three of these throwers hold the NJCAA national record in their respective events.

Some of Dougherty's former athletes have represented their countries in the Olympics and World Championships.  Most of the athletes that have come through Central Arizona College Track program have gone on to compete at schools such as Boise State, LSU, ASU, Arizona, TCU, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, NAU, Colorado State, UTEP, South Carolina, USC, and many other four year schools.

In 2003 Coach Dougherty was designated CAC's Head Coach of Women's Track & Field.  Since that time, the Women's program has continued to remain undefeated in ACCAC meets and has accumulated 17 straight Region One Championships.  Although placing first, second, or third in each of their 19 National Championship meets is a great accomplishment for the program, what sets Central apart is the fact that the CAC Women are consistently nationally ranked academically as well.  In 2011, The Vaqueras were honored with an Academic All-American First Team certificate for having a team grade point average of 3.74.  

In 2013 Coach Dougherty's responsibilities have increased as he has been designated CAC's Director of Track and Field.  While continuing to coach the throwing events, Dougherty will also supervise all aspects of both the Men and Women's Track programs.  His hope is to continue the long tradition of academic and athletic excellence of Central Arizona College Track and Field.  Coach Dougherty has a simple coaching philosophy:  Take care of each individual and the team will take care of itself.  

Coach Dougherty also works as a full time Math Professor at Central Arizona College.  He has his Master's degree in Math Education from Northern Arizona University and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona.  He and his wife Lisa have two children; Collin (14) and Samantha (9).

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