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Penn Names Mike McLaughlin Women's Basketball Coach

Friday, April 17, 2009


Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania director of athletics Steve Bilsky has announced the hiring of Mike McLaughlin as the Quakers' head coach of women's basketball. McLaughlin becomes the eighth coach in program history.

McLaughlin comes to Penn from NCAA Division II member Holy Family University, where in 14 seasons as head coach of the women's basketball team he has had a career equal to anyone who has coached the game. McLaughlin has racked up an impressive record of 407 wins and 61 losses, a winning percentage of .870 which is the highest at any level of NCAA Basketball (men or women). Out of his 14 seasons as a head coach, McLaughlin has been honored as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year 13 times.

Earlier this year, McLaughlin won his 400th game as a head coach faster than any other women's basketball coach in NCAA history, doing it in 459 games. The Division I record is held by Leon Barmore, who needed 463 games to reach the milestone at Louisiana Tech, while the Division III record is 464 games set by Nancy Fahey at Washington University (Mo.).

"When we initially brought Mike in, it was obviously hard to look past the remarkable record he has had at Holy Family," said Bilsky. "However, what we found out during the search process is that his players love playing for him, he is a great representative of the University at which he works, and he is big on building the community around him. We look forward to having him do that with our women's basketball program, our department, and our University."

"It is an honor and a privilege to represent a world-class institution like Penn," said McLaughlin. "I look forward to building a foundation of success that will enable the women's basketball program to consistently be at the top of the Ivy League. I want to thank Steve Bilsky and his staff for affording me the opportunity to take on this tremendous responsibility."

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