PHILADELPHIA Offensive line coach Jon McLaughlin will be taking over as offensive coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania football team. After three seasons with the Quakers, McLaughlin’s success has translated into a larger role with the team. Though moving into a higher position, he will retain his responsibilities as offensive line coach.
“This was an easy choice for me,” head coach Al Bagnoli said of naming McLaughlin the offensive coordinator. “He has an excellent background and football I.Q., excellent organizational skills and terrific relationships with all of our coaches and players.”
McLaughlin wasted no time in putting his mark on the Quakers and impressing his peers. In his first year with Penn, he boasted one of the best offensive lines in the country. Three of the five starters he coached received All-Ivy League honors. In his following two years, he would watch as one of his linemen received these honors three more times and another, Sean Estrada, was signed to an NFL contract. As well as maximizing individual talent, McLaughlin coached a unit that has been the core of the Quakers’ offense for the past three years.
“This is a great privilege to be a part of such an incredible tradition," McLaughlin said. “I’m looking forward to working more with these fantastic kids that are ambitious, intelligent and love football. Coach Bagnoli has had so much success here, it is an honor to be in this position and to play a role on a staff with such great coaches.”
In 1994, McLaughlin got his college coaching start as an offensive and defensive line coach at Alfred University, his alma mater. McLaughlin has also had stints with Hobart College, Cornell, and Muhlenberg College. During that span, he held numerous positions, including junior varsity head coach, defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
His last two seasons as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator for Muhlenberg earned him a job as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Iowa in 2000. McLaughlin enjoyed a fruitful tenure with the Hawkeyes. He was promoted to quality control coach, coached in five bowl games, and sent eight linemen to the NFL, including Robert Gallery, a first round draft pick in 2004.
McLaughlin is a 1991 graduate of Alfred University, where he played football and received a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 2003, he earned his master’s degree in recreational sports management from Iowa.