Recently concluding his ninth 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 three-time Philadelphia Big 5 Coach of the Year, McLaughlin has a career record of 562-170 (.768) and has posted 20 or more wins in 19 of his 23 seasons as a head coach, including six 30-win seasons. The Philadelphia native has won 13 conference titles, is an 18-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 five consecutive seasons, have clinched three Ivy League championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2014, 2016, and 2017 and won the program's first two Big 5 titles in 2014-15 and 2017-18. Penn has reached the postseason in each of the last six seasons (a school record) and is in the midst of its winningest seven-year stretch in program history.Read more »
Kelly Killion recently concluded 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."
Most recently, Killion oversaw the development and success of unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Eleah Parker, in the post. Parker's immediate dominance for the Red and Blue helped vault Penn to its second Big 5 championship in program history, 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.Read more »
Bernadette Laukaitis recently concluded 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 five seasons, Laukaitis has helped guide the Quakers to five consecutive 20-win campaigns which included the winningest season in program history, the program's first two Big 5 titles, 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 three-time All-Ivy selection, becoming the program's all-time assists leader. Ross consistently proved herself as one of the biggest playmakers in the conference and finished each year of her career ranked in the top-three 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 »
Christine McCollum recently concluded 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.
She played three seasons under Mike McLaughlin during her four-year playing career 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.Read more »