PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania head coach Mike McLaughlin has announced the hiring of Kelly Killion to his staff for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year. Killion returns to Penn for her second stint as an assistant coach with the Quakers 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."
“The University of Pennsylvania is a prestigious institution that provides its student-athletes the ability to excel in the classroom, on the floor and in life. I am honored and thankful for the opportunity to continue my career at Penn,” added Killion. “Coach McLaughlin is a proven leader who has cultivated an exceptional program over the past seven years. I look forward to contributing to the winning tradition at Penn through my passion, knowledge and dedication to the game.”
Killion began her collegiate coaching career with the Quakers under McLaughlin, spending two seasons in Philadelphia from 2010-12 during her first stint with the Red and Blue. While at Penn, she helped the Quakers to its largest single-season turnaround in program history which included the program’s first Big 5 win in six years. In 2010-11, Alyssa Baron to become the first freshman in Ivy League history to lead the conference in scoring and the second player in program history to garner Ivy League and Big 5 Rookie of the Year honors under Killion’s tutelage.
Killion returns to Penn following three seasons with the College of William and Mary. During her time with the Tribe, Killion helped William and Mary to two back-to-back record-setting seasons with 15 wins, the fourth-most in school history, en route to its first-ever postseason appearance with a bid in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Killion played an integral part in player development, recruiting, and scouting for the College and helped William and Mary to a top-10 NCAA ranking in steals per game while four players earned six All-CAA accolades under her tutelage.
Prior to her appointment at William and Mary, Killion served as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University for the 2012-13 season. She led the Pioneers to their first-ever postseason tournament appearance in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament and helped coach three All-NEC selections during her time in Fairfield, playing a vital role in recruiting and player development.
Killion was a four-year letterwinner and a three-time team captain at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pa.where she earned Division II All-America honors, was a two-time Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, a two-time ECAC first-team selection and a two-time second-team selection. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Holy Family in 2008.