|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||The Ohio State, 1978|
Associate head coach Mike Daugherty begins his 10th season with the Washington State University coaching staff. Husband to WSU Head Coach June Daugherty, Mike capped his 27th season as a Division-I coach.
Prior to joining the Cougars' coaching staff, Daugherty had a reputation for building explosive offenses and he has not disappointed since his arrival in Pullman. During the 2015-16, freshman Borislava Hristova broke several WSU freshman records. The Bulgarian native average a record-setting 16.3 ppg scoring a total 490 points to finish sixth in the Pac-12 Conference in scoring and earn All-Pac-12 honors. Hristova also set freshman records in field goals made (200), free-throw percentage (.881), and 20-point performances (9). In addition to Hristova, senior Dawnyelle Awa finished her career sixth in school history with 353 total assists. Coach Daugherty also saw the Cougars finish in the top half of the Pac-12 Conference in turnover margin (fourth) and 3-point field goals made (fifth).
During the 2014-15 season, Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley both ranked in the top 5 in scoring average in the Pac-12 Conference. Galdeira capped her collegiate career, finishing second in career scoring (1,710 points), three-point field goals made (160), field goals made (621) and steals (271), first in three-point field goal attempts (576) and total field goals attempts (1,645), fourth in free throws made (308) and fifth in free throws attempted (432). She was a three-time All-Pac-12 player. Presley capped her career by earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention after finishing the regular-season fifth in the conference in scoring (17.1 ppg), sixth in steals (54) and ninth in free throw percentage (.776). The senior from Spokane recorded nine 20-point games in 2014-15 and averaged 16.2 ppg in conference play, fifth-best in the Pac-12. Both Galdeira and Presley sit among the top-3 all-time scorers in WSU history.
In 2013-14, Daugherty helped guide the Cougars to one of the best campaigns in program history, earning a trip to the WNIT, the program’s first postseason appearance since 1991, and post 17 wins, the most since 1995-96. WSU also notched four wins over ranked teams, including one on the road against No. 10 Nebraska and went on to post nine conference games for the first time since 1994-95. Guards Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley both earned spots on the All-Pac-12 Team, becoming the first pair of Cougar teammates to earn all-conference honors in the same season in program history.
The offense took another step forward in 2013-14, posting the third-highest scoring average in program history and highest in nearly 20 seasons. Presley and Galdeira combined for the highest scoring duo in program history and finished with the second and fourth-most points in WSU single-season history, respectively.
In 2012-13, a pair of guards earned All-Pac-12 honors in Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley with Galdeira finishing the year as the second-leading freshman scorer in the country at 14.8 ppg, tops among all freshmen in the Pac-12. Galdeira led the Cougars in scoring, rebounding, steals and made 3-pointers, setting WSU freshman records for points, scoring average and double-digit scoring efforts.
In 2011-12, the Cougars grab the most rebounds in school history and scored the sixth-most points in a single-season history. The offense has improved each season as the Cougs knocked down 9+ threes in a game six times last season. In 2010-11, WSU set a school record with 208 made 3-pointers and posted their highest scoring average and shooting percentage since 2000-01.
Daugherty joined the WSU staff after coaching 11 years at Washington, serving his first eight years with the Huskies as an assistant until being promoted to associate head coach in September 2004. He began his coaching career at Boise State, where he coached for seven years.
The Huskies ranked first or second in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring offense in three of Daugherty's final six seasons. In 2003, UW scored a conference-best 75.6 points per game. Three of Daugherty's student-athletes ranked among Washington's top four in both 3-pointers made and 3-pointers attempted.
A 1977 graduate of Ohio State, Daugherty was a starter on the basketball team from 1975-77. In 1976, Daugherty was named Ohio State's Defensive Player of the Year.
Before transferring to Ohio State, Daugherty played the 1973-74 season at Georgia Tech, initially attending as both a guard on the basketball team and a quarterback on the football team.
Following graduation from Ohio State, Daugherty went on to play professionally in the South American Professional Leagues. His Sirio Brazil team won the world championship at the Jones Cup in 1979. Daugherty also averaged as many as 24 points per game for the Hindu Club of Argentina.
Daugherty, who enjoys fly fishing in his spare time, earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Ohio State. He and June are the parents of twins Doc and Breanne. His father, Doc, played tailback for one season at Ohio State.