Ivy League Championships
With 18 years of coaching experience under his belt, Jon McLaughlin enters his ninth season coaching Penn’s offensive line and his sixth season as offensive coordinator in 2014.
In his first four seasons as offensive coordinator, Penn was outscored just four times in 28 league games and claimed three outright - and two undefeated - Ivy titles. During the most recent Ivy title season, in 2012, quarterback Billy Ragone moved into the Top 5 all-time at Penn in nearly every single career passing category. In addition, six members of Penn's starting offense earned All-Ivy recognition.
In 2010, the Quakers led the league in rushing for the first time in 12 years when they finished sixth in the FCS with 242.0 yards per game. For the first time since 2003, the Red and Blue also finished atop the Ivy League in total offense and scoring offense. The Quakers averaged 32.9 points per game against Ivy opponents, including 52 points and 600 yards of offense at Princeton on Nov. 6—the most points and yards Penn has ever posted against its arch rival.
In his first year at the helm of the Red and Blue’s offense, Penn finished unbeaten in league play to earn the outright Ivy League title—all despite losing three starting quarterbacks to injury. With the fourth-string quarterback starting the fourth week of the season, Penn won that game and every single one thereafter. As the offense returned to full strength, it became increasingly more productive. The Quakers put up a combined 76 points in their last two home games. At season’s end, Penn’s starting quarterback, running back, tight end and top wide receiver each earned All-Ivy recognition.
Also in charge of the offensive line, McLaughlin has coached a Penn lineman to first-team All-Ivy honors in each of his first eight seasons and has had a total of three disciples reach the NFL. McLaughlin helped tutor all five linemen to All-Ivy status in 2010, while another earned All-America accolades. More recently, he guided Greg Van Roten to three straight All-Ivy awards. Van Roten signed an NFL contract following his senior season in 2011 and is currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks.
In his first six seasons in West Philadelphia, McLaughlin's offensive line finished atop the Ivy League in fewest sacks allowed four times. In 2007, only four other teams in the country allowed fewer sacks than McLaughlin’s offensive line, while in 2006 he directed another dominant line that allowed just 10 sacks and aided a 1,000-yard rusher in Joe Sandberg. Three of its five members — Sean Estrada, Marko Grzan and Andrew Wietstock — earned All-Ivy recognition, and Estrada went on to sign a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
McLaughlin came to Philadelphia from the University of Iowa, where he spent six years, first as a graduate assistant coach and then as a quality control assistant. McLaughlin coached in five bowl games with the Hawkeyes, including four consecutive January bowls. He was heavily involved in several of Iowa’s top-25 recruiting classes throughout his tenure.
During his time on the staff at Iowa, the Hawkeyes finished ranked in the top 10 three times. McLaughlin worked with six offensive lineman who were drafted into the NFL, three All-Americans, two Big Ten Linemen of the Year, and the 2003 Outland Trophy winner (Robert Gallery - second overall pick in 2004 NFL draft).
McLaughlin went to Iowa after serving as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., for three seasons. His first season there he served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He was also the Muhlenberg baseball coach in 1996-97.
In 1995, McLaughlin was an assistant offensive line coach and head J.V. coach at Cornell. He served as defensive line coach and special teams coordinator at Hobart College from 1993-94 and was the defensive line coach at his alma mater, Alfred University (N.Y), in 1992.
McLaughlin coached at the high school level in 1991, serving as offensive and defensive line coach at Watkins Glen High School in Watkins Glen, N.Y. He was a four-year starter on the defensive line at Alfred University, earning his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1991. McLaughlin also earned his master’s degree in recreational sports management from Iowa in 2003.
First season at Penn — 2006