Friday, May 1st marks the first official day on the job for Mike McLaughlin as the head coach of women's basketball at the University of Pennsylvania. He was hired on April 24, 2009 as the eighth head coach in program history. Click the above link to watch an exclusive interview between the Penn Sports Network's Brian Seltzer and McLaughlin, who expresses his excitement for the opportunity to preside over a club in his hometown, and explains his approach to running a team.
McLaughlin came to Penn from NCAA Division II member Holy Family University, where in 14 seasons as head coach of the women’s basketball team he has had a career equal to anyone who has coached the game. McLaughlin has racked up an impressive record of 407 wins and 61 losses, a winning percentage of .870 which is the highest at any level of NCAA Basketball (men or women). Out of his 14 seasons as a head coach, McLaughlin has been honored as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Coach of the Year 13 times.
Earlier this year, McLaughlin won his 400th game as a head coach faster than any other women’s basketball coach in NCAA history, doing it in 459 games. The Division I record is held by Leon Barmore, who needed 463 games to reach the milestone at Louisiana Tech, while the Division III record is 464 games set by Nancy Fahey at Washington University (Mo.).