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Jerry McLaughlin

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

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.

Assistant Coaches

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 completed her B.A. degree in Management and Organizational Behavior at Benedictine University and graduated in May, 2015.

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Lauren Gabler

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

Lauren Gabler is in her second year as an assistant coach at ECC. Lauren is a former player at ECC from 2008 to 2010. She is a graduate of Larkin High School in Elgin, IL. “We are excited to have Lauren on our staff again this year.  She will work with the Guards and Posts this year on individual skill development. She will also keep individual and game stats for the team this season.  She is an excellent addition to our coaching staff,” remarked head coach Jerry McLaughlin.  Lauren played Guard for two years at the University of Dubuque in Iowa (2010-2012).

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