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Jerry McLaughlin

Phone: 847-214-7249
Office:Bldg J, Room J113, Main Campus

Jerry McLaughlin enters his thirteenth season at ECC and has left his mark on the program with a Region IV championship in 2012-13 which resulted in a trip to the NJCAA Divsion II Nationals, a first for any ECC basketball team. He has guided the Spartans to an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship in 2011-12, and ISCC co-championships in 2003-03 and 2012-13 . On November 17, 2012, he reached the 200 win plateau as head coach at ECC. McLaughlin has been a teacher and coach at all levels of basketball since 1977, including a head coach and assistant coach at NCAA Division I, II and III programs the last two decades.

During his tenure at ECC, Coach McLaughlin has twice been named the Illinois Skyway Women's Basketball Coach of the Year (2003, 2012). In 2013, he was named the Region IV Division II Women's Basketball Coach of the Year and received the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association Victory Club Award.

His record as a coach and recruiter at the highest levels of college basketball speaks for itself. McLaughlin has seven years of experience as an assistant coach and top recruiter in the NCAA and has organized and directed basketball and coaching clinics at all levels across the country.

McLaughlin began his teaching and coaching career at Fife High School in Tacoma, Wa., where he was named Seamont League Coach of the Year in 1982. After five years as a teacher and coach in the Fife School District, McLaughlin became the first assistant women’s basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia. He coached there from 1982-85, helping lead the Owls to a 56-31 record in those three years.

McLaughlin left Temple to take the women’s basketball head coaching job at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. In two years at the helm, McLaughlin posted a 33-25 and was named MECA Conference Coach of the Year in 1987.

From there McLaughlin went on to assistant coaching stints at New Mexico State University (1987-89), where the Road Runners were nationally ranked and made the NCAA Tournament in 1988, and the University of Kentucky (1989-94), where the Wildcats won the NIT in 1990 and made the NCAA Tournament in 1991.

McLaughlin moved from Lexington, Ky., to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1994 to take over the women’s basketball head coaching job at the University of Alaska-Anchorage where he stayed three years.

Before arriving at ECC in 2001, McLaughlin also coached at Devon Prep in Devon, Pa.; Boston University; and Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

McLaughlin played varsity basketball at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where he graduated with a B.A. in elementary education in 1977. He has completed additional post-graduate work at the University of Washington and Temple University.

Assistant Coaches

Scott Cork

Scott Cork

Phone: 847-214-7249
Office: Bldg J, Room J113

Entering his third year as assistant coach, Scott Cork is not a stranger to Elgin Community College. He has lived in the Elgin area all of his life. He graduated from Larkin High School and attended ECC for one year. He played football and basketball at Larkin. His sophomore year football team was conference champion. During his junior and senior years, he was co-captain of the basketball team. He played in various men's leagues in basketball, softball and flag football.

"Coach" is not an unfamiliar nickname for Scott. He began his coaching career in the City of Elgin basketball league in 1997. He coached kindergarten through 8th grade boys and girls and continued this for five years. He was the assistant coach for the Jr. Maroons in 1998 for one season and was the head coach for Good Shepherd Lutheran School 7th and 8th grade boys in the 1999-2000 basketball season. In 1999, he was the head coach for the Jr. Royals 8th grade basketball team. He continued this for four more years. In 2004, he began the Jr. Hilltoppers basketball program. He is the program's director and started with just a 7th and 8th grade team. The program has been quite successful and currently has three teams. He is also the 8th grade head coach. The 8th grade team from 2006 was the first team to be with Coach Cork's program all three years and was the first team to have 100% of the players make their high school freshmen basketball teams. In 2008, Coach Cork was the co-founder of Viper's Basketball. He has coached 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th grades for AAU basketball and has helped at all levels of 4th-11th grade with skills training and practices.

In addition to all of his coaching experience, Coach Cork brings seven years of experience in high school and one year of college basketball officiating.

Brittany Armato

Brittany Armato

Phone: 847-214-7249
Office: Bldg J, Room J113

Brittany is a 2010 graduate of Elgin Community College and was a standout point guard and co-captain for the Spartans from 2008-2010. She is a graduate of St. Charles East High School where she played three years of varsity basketball.

“We are excited to have Brittany on our staff this year,” said ECC’s head coach Jerry McLaughlin. “She will work with the guards and also direct the strength and conditioning program this year.  She is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff.”

Brittany is currently completing her degree in Management and Organizational Behavior at Benedictine University and will obtain her B.A. degree in May, 2014.

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