Recently concluding his 11th season at the helm of Penn women’s basketball, Mike McLaughlin has firmly established himself as one of the most respected and esteemed coaches in both the Ivy League and country while solidifying the Quakers as a nationally renowned program. McLaughlin was hired as the eighth head coach in program history on April 24, 2009.
A four-time Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year, McLaughlin has a career record of 606-184 (.767) and has posted 20 or more wins in 21 of his 25 seasons as a head coach, including six 30-win seasons. The Philadelphia native has won 14 conference titles, is a 20-time Conference Coach of the Year, won his 500th game as a head coach during the 2015-16 season and then his 600th during the 2019-20 campaign.
McLaughlin has built the Penn women's basketball program into an Ivy League powerhouse. The Quakers have won at least 20 games in seven consecutive seasons, have clinched four Ivy League championships and three NCAA Tournament berths in 2014, 2016, and 2017, while winning the program's first two Big 5 titles in 2014-15 and 2017-18. Penn has reached the postseason in each of the last eight seasons (a school record) and is in the midst of its most successful stretch of time in program history. Penn qualified for the 2020 Ivy League Tournament as the No. 2 seed before its cancellation due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.Read more »
Kelly Killion recently concluded her fourth-straight season and sixth overall on the Quaker sidelines after the 2019-20 season after returning to Penn for her second stint as an assistant coach following three years at the College of William and Mary.
Killion has overseen the success of two Ivy League champion teams in her time with the Quakers, including the program's fourth title in a six-year span in 2018-19 as the Quakers went 24-7 and 12-2 in league play.
During the 2019-20 campaign, Killion worked with the guards helping guide Kayla Padilla to Ivy League Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy honors while also mentoring point guard Kendall Grasela, who finished seventh in the nation in assist/TO ratio and led the Ivy League in assist/TO ratio and assists per game. Padilla finished sixth nationally among all freshmen and second overall in the league in scoring at 17.4 points per game.
While also previously working with the post players, Eleah Parker has become one of the dominant forces in the conference, earning unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2018 and following that up as a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection and Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year in 2019. Parker finished the season third nationally in blocked shots per game (3.19), tying the program's single season record with 99 on the year. In 2019-20, Parker defended her honor, winning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards while earning first-team All-Ivy honors once more.Read more »
Ashley Robinson recently concluded her first season of her her second stint with the Quakers in 2019-20, after previously serving as an assistant for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball program in 2017-18.
Robinson returned to her role with the post players, helping Eleah Parker continue her dominance in the paint, earning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season while also serving as a first-team All-Ivy selection.
Before taking a position at Northeastern last year, Robinson joined forces with Coach Kelly Killion in focusing primarily on the Penn post players, helping to guide Eleah Parker to unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. Parker's prowess, combined with the success of a strong senior class featuring All-Ivy playmakers Michelle Nwokedi and Anna Ross, led the Quakers to their second ever Big 5 championship in 2017-18, while earning a berth to the WNIT.
During her playing days, Robinson served as team captain for Big-5 rival Saint Joseph’s from 2013-15 and was a varsity letter winner from 2009-2015. She was a part of the 2013 Atlantic-10 Conference championship team and led the Hawks to back-to-back 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. The team also made the National Invitational Tournament three consecutive years from 2010-2012. During that time, Robinson was the recipient of the Patricia Ryan Unsung Hero Award (2014 & 2015) and received the Roosevelt Hunter Community Service Award in 2015.Read more »
Stephanie Carideo recently concluded her first year as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball program following the 2019-20 campaign.
In her first year with the Quakers, working primarily with the guards, freshman Kayla Padilla was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy while finishing second in the league and sixth nationally among all freshmen in scoring at 17.4 ppg. Padilla was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week six times, in addition to a number of other weekly awards, including U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Week. Also under Carideo, point guard Kendall Grasela led the Ancient Eight in assist/TO ratio and assists per game; the senior ranked seventh nationally in assist/TO ratio.
She also spent some of the year working with the post players, helping guide Eleah Parker to her second consecutive Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award and first-team All-Ivy honors. Parker, in Ivy play, led the league in rebounding and blocks, moving into third in program history with 233 career blocks, in addition to becoming the 23rd Quaker to join the 1,000-point club.
Carideo joined the Quakers following a year as an assistant coach with the men's basketball program at Jefferson University. There, she was one of only two female coaches working with a men's program throughout all levels of NCAA basketball. Working under Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Head Coach Herb Magee, Carideo helped lead the Rams to the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference regular season championship earlier this year.
Christine Woods recently concluded her fifth season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Penn women's basketball program in 2019-20.
Woods handles all administrative duties for the program and came to Penn after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater Holy Family. During that time, the Tigers won a regular season and two tournament conference titles, and made two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.
She played three seasons under Mike McLaughlin during her four-year playing career at HFU from 2006-2010. Woods, formerly McCollum, appeared in 130 games for the Tigers as the team went an impressive 117-13, including 77-0 in conference play. She was a member of two of McLaughlin's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship teams (2007 & 2008) and made four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. The Tigers advanced to the East Region Championship final twice during her career in 2008 and 2010.
Woods was a three-time All-CACC selection after receiving the honors the final three years of her career. She earned second team accolades in 2009 and 2010 and third team honors in 2008. Woods was also a three-time CACC All-Academic selection.
Her familiarity with McLaughlin's system deemed a perfect addition to the Penn coaching staff, as she has been a part of three Ivy League championships (2016, '17, '19) and a Big Five title in 2018.
She graduated from Holy Family in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in elementary/special education. Woods resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband, Sean.Read more »