Head Softball Coach
A.J. Daugherty was named the new Wallace State softball coach in June 2016 after spending four seasons as the head coach at James Clemens High School in Madison, where he built the program from the ground up beginning in 2012 and led the Lady Jets to a top ranking in Class 7A in 2016 and a final four finish at the state tournament.
Daugherty, a graduate of Shelton State and Alabama, inherits a Wallace State program that has won a pair of NJCAA Division I national championships (2008, 2013), 10 Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) championships and 11 straight ACCC North Division titles since 2003.
Daugherty, 29, began his coaching career as a student assistant with the Shelton State softball program in 2005 and then transferred to the University of Alabama where he served on the Crimson Tide softball support staff for two seasons.
Upon graduating Alabama, Daugherty’s initial head softball job was at Holy Spirit in Tuscaloosa in 2008. He led the Lady Titans to their first area and regional championships and lone state tournament appearance before moving on to coach at American Christian Academy.
Daugherty moved to the Tennessee Valley in August 2012, becoming the first softball coach in James Clemens history as the school was introduced in Madison.
Daugherty and his wife, Allison, live in Priceville. They have a 3-year-old son named Connor. Allison (Scoggin) Daugherty was an All-State pitcher at West Morgan.