Now in his ninth season at the helm Penn women’s basketball in 2017-18, Mike McLaughlin has established himself as one of the most respected and esteemed coaches in both the Ivy League and country while making the Quakers a nationally renowned program. McLaughlin was hired as the eighth head coach in program history on April 24, 2009.
A three-time Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year, McLaughlin has a career record of 540-161 (.770) and has posted 20 or more wins in 18 of his 22 seasons as a head coach, including six 30-win seasons. The Philadelphia native has won 13 conference titles, is a 17-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 20 games in four consecutive seasons, have clinched three Ivy League championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2014, 2016, and 2017 and won the program's first-ever Big 5 title in 2014-15. Penn has reached the postseason in each of the last five seasons (a school record) and just completed the winningest six-year stretch in program history.Read more »
Kelly Killion begins her second season on the Quaker sidelines for the 2017-18 season after returning to Penn for her second stint as an assistant coach following three years at the College of William and Mary.
"Kelly is an exceptional addition to our coaching staff and we are excited for the remarkable experience she brings to the program," said McLaughlin. "Kelly has an outstanding resume proving herself as an excellent recruiter locally and nationally. She is one of the most passionate and enthusiastic coaches I know. Her leadership qualities both on and off the court will be a tremendous asset to our program and we are extremely happy to have Kelly back at Penn."
Killion was an integral part of Penn’s NCAA Tournament run in 2016-17 and continued the culture of success known during the McLaughlin era. The Quakers posted a 22-8 overall record and 13-1 mark in Ivy League games under her tutelage as the Red and Blue won the inaugural Ivy League Tournament with a decisive 57-48 win over Princeton, the third over the Tigers in 2016-17, and booked their trip to the Big Dance as the No. 12 seed. Penn led Texas A&M wall-to-wall in the NCAA First Round and gave the Aggies all they could handle in Los Angeles, but the upset bid fell just short with a 63-61 defeat at Pauley Pavilion.Read more »
Bernadette Laukaitis enters her ninth season as an assistant coach with the Penn women's basketball team in 2017-18. Laukaitis, who formerly coached and played under Mike McLaughlin at Holy Family, came to West Philadelphia after serving as the women's basketball head coach at Cabrini College.
In the past four seasons, Laukaitis has helped guide the Quakers to four consecutive 20-win campaigns which included the winningest season in program history, the program's first-ever Big 5 title, three Ivy League championships and three NCAA Tournament berths.
Laukaitis works primarily with the Penn guards and most recently helped develop Anna Ross into a two-time All-Ivy selection. Ross quickly became one of the biggest playmakers in the conference and finished the last three seasons ranked in the top-3 in the Ivies in assists. Laukaitis also led Kathleen Roche to become the school's single-season leader in three-point percentage en route to honorable mention All-Ivy status as she finished with the highest three-point percentage (.429) in program history in 2014-15.Read more »
Ashley Robinson joins the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season after beginning her collegiate coaching career at nearby Holy Family University just a year prior.
Robinson joins the Quakers following their back-to-back Ivy League Championships and will bring a plethora of playing experience following a standout tenure as a student-athlete at Saint Joseph’s University.Read more »
Christine McCollum enters her third season as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Penn women's basketball program in 2017-18.
McCollum handles all administrative duties for the program and comes 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.Read more »