A great deal of Washington's increasingly visible reputation as an explosive offensive team can be traced to assistant coach Mike Daugherty who served for 11 years at Washington.
He served his first eight years with the Huskies as an assistant, until being promoted to associate head coach on Sept. 1, 2004.
Daugherty, who is married to Husky head coach June Daugherty, is in charge of coordinating the team offense, perimeter player development and scheduling. Daugherty, in his 18th season as a Division I coach, was an assistant to June at Boise State from 1989-96.
Washington's offense is explosive indeed. The Huskies have ranked at least second in Pac-10 scoring offense in three of the last six seasons, a stint which included a conference-best 75.6 points per game in 2003.
UW finished first and second (2003 and 2004 respectively) in the conference in three-point shooting percentage and three-pointers made. The 2003 season also saw the Huskies rank third in the nation in three-pointers per game (8.2), while shattering the previous school record set in 2001 with 246 three-pointers. They matched their Pac-10 single-game record with 16 three-point field goals vs. St. Bonaventure, Nov. 29, 2003.
Daugherty has mentored the likes of Husky greats Giuliana Mendiola, Loree Payne and Megan Franza. All three Daugherty-products rank among Washington's top-four in both three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted. Franza set both records in 2001, before Payne broke both in 2003. Payne and Franza rank three and four, respectively, on the Pac-10 career lists for three-pointers made (245 and 211) and two and three in three-pointers attempted (Payne-732 and Franza-708).
Under Daugherty's watch, Mendiola set a single-game scoring record with 43 points in 2003 and finished her illustrious career second all-time on the UW list in scoring with 1,928 points. Payne and Franza rank seventh and eighth on the UW all-time list, and all three rank among the top 26 all-time scorers in Pac-10 lore. In addition, Washington finished the 2001 season ranked No. 7 in the country in three point field goals made per game.
A Daugherty coaching philosophy has always been that to be the best you must play the best. Over the last 10 years, he has set the Huskies in non-conference match-ups against perennial powers Baylor, Connecticut, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Kansas, Iowa State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Colorado and Ohio State among others. Year in and year out, Washington faces top competition from around the country, both at home and on the road. Daugherty is a 1977 graduate of Ohio State University where he was a starter on the basketball team from 1975 through 1977.
He was Ohio State's defensive player of the year in 1976. His best collegiate game was an 18-point performance in Ohio State's disheartening 66-64 loss to eventual national champion and undefeated Indiana.
Before he transferred to Ohio State, Daugherty played the 1973-74 season at Georgia Tech. He originally went to Georgia Tech as a combination guard in basketball and quarterback in football.
Following graduation, Daugherty continued as a player in the South American Professional Leagues where his team from Sirio Brazil won the world championship at the Jones Cup in 1979. In his best season, he averaged 24 points per game for Hindu Club of Argentina.
Daugherty, an avid fly fisherman, graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing from Ohio State. He and June are the parents of 12-year old twins. Daugherty's father, Doc, played tailback for one season at Ohio State.