PHILADELPHIA - Former Penn standout, Erin Power, C'11, returns to the Quakers in a coaching capacity where she will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2012-13 season.
"We are delighted to have Erin back," said fourth-year head coach Mike McLaughlin. "She was a terrific leader for us as a player and always possessed a high basketball IQ. Her heart, hustle and enthusiasm were infectious and we know that will continue in her new role."
Power started 49 games in her final two seasons at Penn, including all 27 as a senior. In her final season in the Red and Blue - and only season under Coach McLaughlin - she helped guide Penn to its largest single-season turnaround in school history and helped the Quakers post their first win over a Big 5 opponent in more than six seasons.
As a sophomore, Power, a guard, led the Ivy League in assist-to-turnover ratio. Her 97 assists that season were a team-high and ranked fourth in the Ivy League. Also as a sophomore, she led the Quakers in rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and blocks.
During her only season under Coach McLaughlin, Power finished second in the Ivy League in steals and minutes played. She was fourth in the Ivies in rebounding and eighth in assists. She finished first among starters in field goal percentage, was tops on the team in rebounds, assists and steals, and was second among Quakers in blocks and minutes played.
A native of Elmwood Park, Ill., Power graduated from Penn with a degree in health and societies in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Penn in the School of Social Policy and Practice.