Heather Doty enters her 15th season as Head Softball Coach at ICC. Doty has guided the Cougars to several winning seasons. Her teams have earned the right to play in the NJCAA DII National Softball Tournament in 2009, 2012 (5th place), 2013 (4th place), 2014 (4th place), 2015, 2016 (4th place), 2017 (4th place), 2018 (7th place), and 2019. A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Doty played collegiately at Bradley University where she still appears the record books. Her 31 career victories are seventh all time, and she ranks fifth in career strikeouts with 366. In 1997, she struck out 197 hitters, good for sixth all-time in the college’s history, and earned a place on the Missouri Valley Conference all-tournament team.
After completing her career on the hilltop, Doty began her coaching career. She served as an assistant volleyball coach at Morton High School, head softball coach at Normal University High School, assistant softball and volleyball coach at Millikin University in Decatur and head softball and volleyball coach at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She is married to Robert Doty, and they have two sons, Isaiah and Lucas.
Assistant Coach - 15th year with ICC
Washington native, Kathy Holzhauer, enters her 15th year on the ICC Softball staff. She is in charge of the Cougars’ catchers and outfielders. Holzhauer’s catching background is strong – she caught as a member of the Washington Community High School team that finished third at the 1989 IHSA state finals. Not long after her high-school career ended, Holzhauer began her coaching career, beginning with Junior Olympic teams in 1990. She earned her first berth in the ASA Nationals in 1992. Since then, her teams have traveled extensively, playing tournaments in Hawaii, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Kansas. She and her husband, Roger, married in 1994 and opened TeamWorks apparel shop in Washington in 2003.
Assistant Coach - 6th year with ICC
Assistant Coach, Danielle Smith, begins her fourth season with ICC Women’s Softball team. Smith began her softball career at Pekin High School as a four-year varsity starter. After high school, she played at ICC where she was co-captain of the team her sophomore year. At ICC she was a catcher and helped her team achieve 4th place at the NJCAA DII Softball National Championship in both her freshman and sophomore year. She was named an NJCAA First Team All-American.
After ICC, she continued her journey at Illinois Wesleyan University where she was a two-time All-CCIW catcher and All-Region recipient. Smith received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at IWU and currently works as a trauma-certified Emergency Nurse at UPH Unity Point, Methodist Hospital in Peoria.