Laura Dougherty Ely joined the Monogram Club Board of Directors in 2012 to serve a three-year term ending in 2015.

A member of the second class of Notre Dame women's basketball student-athletes to compete at the Division 1 level, Ely helped build a foundation for excellence during the program's early years. Ely came to Notre Dame after a career at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, N.J., where she was named a McDonald's and adidas High School All-American after scoring more than 2,200 career points before the advent of the three-point line.

Ely earned four Monograms (1981-85) as a shooting guard for the Fighting Irish and served as team captain as a senior. As a junior, she broke the school record for assists in a season with 102 and her career assists average of 3.08 per game still ranks 10th all-time at Notre Dame.

After graduating from the University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree from the College of Arts and Letters, Ely has served as a high school mathematics teacher, head women's basketball coach at the Division III level, and has been a part of a local high school basketball booster club.

Ely married her husband John, a former Furman University basketball player, in 1987, and the couple has four children: Sara, Maggie, Terry, and Jack.

Laura Dougherty Ely
Laura  Dougherty Ely

Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Director (2012-15)

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6:30 PM
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Former lacrosse standout Kevin J. O'Connor began a two-year term as president of the Monogram Club in September 2015. O'Connor, former Associate Attorney General of the United States - the third-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Justice - and United States Attorney for Connecticut, currently serves as General Counsel for Point72 Asset Management in Stamford, Connecticut.

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