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Jerry McLaughlin enters his fifteenth 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.