PHILADELPHIA - Women's basketball head coach Mike McLaughlin was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. A former standout at Holy Family, McLaughlin is in his 18th season as a head coach and remains the fastest coach in the history of women's college basketball to reach 400 victories.
In 2009-10, McLaughlin entered his first season at Penn with the highest winning percentage of any head coach in college basketball - man or woman, at any level. The Quakers have improved their win total every season under Coach McLaughlin. This season, the Red and Blue posted the second-most wins all-time at Penn (18), earned their first postseason berth since 2004-05 and won the first two postseason games in program history.
McLaughlin has a career record of 451-132 (.774). In 14 years at the helm of the Holy Family program, he posted 25 or more wins every season, including six 30-win seasons. The Philadelphia native won 10 conference titles and was a 13-time Conference Coach of the Year.
A graduate of Holy Family University in Philadelphia, McLaughlin received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. From his stellar playing career at Holy Family, he remains fifth all-time in scoring with 1,710 points and third with 755 assists. McLaughlin also remains the best three-pointer shooter to wear a Tiger uniform, connecting on 57.7 percent (161-of-279) of his attempts in his four seasons. He also holds the top two three-point shooting percentages for a season - in 1989 McLaughlin hit 59.3 percent of his shots, and in 1988 he was a 58.5-percent shooter.
McLaughlin also spent three seasons with the Washington Generals/Harlem Globetrotters, where he served as the Generals’ team captain as he played in more than 50 countries throughout the world.
McLaughlin and his lovely wife, Ginny, have three children (Courtney, Michael and Kelsey).