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COACHING STAFF

Mike McLaughlin - Head Coach

Recently concluding his 10th 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 586-177 (.768) and has posted 20 or more wins in 20 of his 24 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 and won his 500th game as a head coach during the 2015-16 season.

McLaughlin has built the Penn women's basketball program into an Ivy League powerhouse. The Quakers have won at least 20 games in six 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 seven seasons (a school record) and is in the midst of its most successful stretch of time in program history.

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Kelly Killion - Assistant Coach

Kelly Killion recently concluded her third-straight season and fifth overall on the Quaker sidelines for the 2018-19 season after returning to Penn for her second stint as an assistant coach following three years at the College of William and Mary.

Working primarily with the post players, Killion has overseen the success of two Ivy League champion teams in her time with the Quakers, including the program's fourth title in the last six years in 2018-19 as the Quakers went 24-7 and 12-2 in league play. Under her watch, 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.

Vital to the 2018-19 team's championship-level success was senior forward Princess Aghayere, who stepped off the bench for the first time in her career with the Red and Blue for a forceful final campaign, more than doubling her previous single-season point total and earning second-team All-Ivy status and was named the Most Improved Player by the Big 5.

Parker's immediate dominance for the Red and Blue helped vault Penn to its second Big 5 championship in program history in 2017-18, as the Quakers finished second in the Ivy League and earned a bid to the WNIT. Parker was also named second-team All-Ivy, joined in postseason accolades by Michelle Nwokedi's first-team All-Ivy and All-Big 5 accolades and Anna Ross' second-team nods.

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Ashley Robinson - Assistant Coach

Ashley Robinson will enter the 2019-20 season in her second stint with the Quakers, after previously serving as an assistant for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball program in 2017-18.

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.

Robinson began coaching early in her playing career and was a counselor for a number of local camps in the Philadelphia area, including the Old School Basketball Camp (2011-2014), the Phil Martelli Basketball Camp (2011-2014) and the Cindy Griffin Basketball Camp where she served as the director from 2010-2014. Her first step in the collegiate coaching world involved a stint at Holy Family University in 2016-17.

Robinson earned her degree from Saint Joseph’s University, Ervin K. Haub School of Business in 2013 and went on to earn her Masters from Saint Joseph’s in Business Administration and in Science with a concentration on Managing Human Capital in 2015.

A standout at Archbishop Wood, Robinson was a three-time All-Catholic League honoree and was a two-time First Team Associated Press and All-Intelligencer honoree.

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STEPHANIE CARIDEO Assistant Coach

Stephanie Carideo enters her first year as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball program.

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.

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.

"I'm beyond thrilled to be joining the University of Pennsylvania family," said Carideo. "Penn is an amazing university with a tradition of both athletic and academic excellence, and I am eager to start a new journey here. I have an incredible amount of respect for Coach McLaughlin, his staff and the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball program. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work alongside such a successful and passionate group of coaches and players! Let's go Quakers!"

Prior to her time at Jefferson, Carideo served as the head women's basketball coach at Penn State Abington for two seasons, earning NEAC Coach of the Year honors in 2015 after guiding the Nittany Lions to a program record mark of 22-5. PSU Abington advanced to the NEAC playoffs, hosted a postseason game, won the conference championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history under Carideo.

Carideo's coaching career began at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in Philadelphia, where she spent a year as a head coach.

"I'm thrilled to bring Stephanie on board as an assistant coach," commented Coach McLaughlin. "She not only has a wealth of basketball experience and pedigree, but her energy and passion for the game is unmatched. I'm impressed with the relationships she's been able to develop with her players at every level and know she will have a positive impact on our program as we continue to reach for new heights."

A former player herself for Jefferson University (formerly known as Philadelphia University), Carideo was an all-conference selection as a senior, ending her career as a Ram with 1,078 points, 405 rebounds, 400 assists and 223 steals under Coach Tom Shirley. Carideo was named to the Lower Cape May Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 following her success at Lower Cape May High School, where she graduated in 2007.

Carideo earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2011 and master's degree in business administration in 2012 from Philadelphia University. She and her husband, Chris, the head men's basketball coach at Widener University, have two sons, Christopher Jr. and Carson.



Christine McCollum - Director of Basketball Operations

Christine McCollum recently concluded her fourth season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Penn women's basketball program in 2018-19.

McCollum 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. McCollum appeared in 130 games for the Tigers as the team went an impressive 117-13, including 77-0 in conference play. McCollum 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.

McCollum 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. McCollum was also a three-time CACC All-Academic selection.

McCollum graduated from Holy Family in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in elementary/special education.

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