NEW HAVEN, Conn. – University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball head coach Mike McLaughlin will be inducted into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Hall of Fame as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara on Thursday.
One of the most successful coaches in school history, McLaughlin served as head coach of the women's basketball team at Holy Family for 14 seasons from 1995 to 2009. During that span McLaughlin produced over 400 victories (407-61) becoming the fastest women's basketball coach in NCAA history to reach 400 wins, doing it in 459 games.
McLaughlin has been with the Quakers since the start of the 2009-10 season. While at Penn, McLaughlin has led the Red and Blue to two Ivy League Championships and two NCAA Tournament berths (2013-14 & 2015-16). Penn has reached the postseason in each of the last four seasons (a school record) and just completed the winningest five-year stretch in program history. McLaughlin has a career record of 518-153 (.772) and has posted 20 or more wins in 17 of his 21 seasons as a head coach, including six 30-win seasons.
"I am thrilled Mike is being recognized by being inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame for all of his efforts and accomplishments at Holy Family University," said Assistant Vice President for Athletics, Sandra Michael. "When he started he was determined to continue the winning tradition of women's basketball but he quickly elevated it to a national level. His passion for winning did not overshadow his commitment to the overall success of the student-athletes. Over his tenure, his teams consistently did well academically to match their athletic prowess. "
During his tenure at Holy Family, McLaughlin won six CACC Tournament Championships (2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 & 2008) and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament six straight seasons (2004-2009). One of his most successful seasons while at Holy Family came in 2007-08 when he led the Tigers to an undefeated regular season and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional final. Holy Family's only blemish that year came in the regional final versus Franklin Pierce University as the Tigers finished the season 32-1 overall.
A seven-time CACC Coach of the Year, McLaughlin also coached 25 All-CACC honorees, three CACC Rookie of the Years and five CACC Player of the Years. In addition, McLaughlin's rosters featured three NAIA All-Americans and his teams advanced to eight NAIA Tournaments before Holy Family became a full-time NCAA Division II member.
Prior to his coaching career, McLaughlin was a standout player for the Holy Family men's basketball team. He was selected to the NAIA District 19 first team in 1987-88 and was a second team selection in 1988-89. He finished his playing career with 1,710 points and 755 assists.
Holy Family and the CACC will formally induct McLaughlin into the conference's Hall of Fame later this year during a home women's basketball game at a date still to be determined.