PHILADELPHIA - Former captain and four-year letterwinner Caitlin Slover, C'10, was officially added to the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball staff on Wednesday as announced by head coach Mike McLaughlin. Slover will serve as a volunteer coach for the Quakers.
"We are extremely lucky to have someone of Caitlin's stature and coaching ability in this position," McLaughlin said. "Caitlin was a great leader for us on the court and has had continuous success as a teacher and coach since her graduation. She has also been a tremendous supporter of the program since that time and we are grateful to have her in an even more prominent role this season."
"When you are given the opportunity to go back to where you played, it's a no-brainer," Slover said. "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a student-athlete at Penn and to have played for Coach McLaughlin. It was an obvious choice for me and I'm very excited to be back."
Slover was a team captain during Coach McLaughlin's first year at the helm of the Quakers in 2009-10. She started all 28 games that season despite several injuries and ranked among the top 10 in the Ivy League in minutes played and steals. Also that season, she led the Red and Blue in made free throws and ranked second on the team in steals, assists and made threes.
After graduation, Slover spent three seasons as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at her high school alma mater Archbishop Wood. As a player, she won two division titles, and as a coach she helped guide the Vikings to a 2011 Catholic League title, a 2011 District 12 title and two state championships (2011, 2012). She spent last season as an assistant coach at University of the Sciences (DII).
Slover continues a long line of McLaughlin's former players who have volunteered to serve this role. Slover replaces her former teammate, Jess Knapp, C'12, who was preceded by Erin Power, W'11, and Kelly Killion, a former Holy Family standout under McLaughlin, who served as a volunteer during his first two years at Penn.
The Quakers recently returned from their tour of Italy where they finished 2-1 against international competition and spent time touring Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice and Lake Como.