Kathy McLaughlin enters her third season with the program, her first as the assistant coach. McLaughlin spent the previous two years on the staff as the program's graduate assistant.
Prior to joining the Friars, McLaughlin enjoyed an impressive four-year playing career at the University of Maryland. McLaughlin started at shortstop for the Terrapins in 210 of her 215 career appearances. During her tenure, she recorded a .300 career batting average, which is currently No. 7 in the Maryland record books. She also led the ACC in overall batting average in 2012 (.385) and batting average in conference games only (.460).
In her final season on the diamond (2012), McLaughlin earned First-Team All-ACC honors. Her .385 batting average in 2012 is the third-best single season average in Terrapin history and her 42 runs that season are fourth-best in school history. McLaughlin is tied for first on the Terps' career triples list and she also lead the team in singles and triples as a sophomore. In 2010, she was named to the ACC's Academic Honor Roll. As a freshman, McLaughlin played in 45 games, posted a .287 batting average and finished first on the team in doubles and triples.Read more
2016: Started 45 games as an infielder … Batted .246 with 30 hits in 122 at bats … Scored 22 runs and had 22 RBI … Held a .946 fielding percentage.
2015: Played in 15 games before suffering a season-ending injury … Complied five hits, six runs scored and two RBI … Recorded a .954 fielding percentage at shortstop.
2014: Started all 35 games for the Friars ... Recorded 24 hits for a .238 batting average ... Had 10 RBI on the year.
2013: Started 52 games for the Friars as a sophomore ... Had a batting average of .270 on the season ... Tallied 40 hits, including 17 RBI, two doubles, two home runs and 13 runs scored.
2012: Played in 32 games and started 30 as a freshman ... Posted a batting average of .200 for the season ... Had 15 hits, two doubles and six RBI.
Led the BIG EAST Conference with 65 hits … Had a team-high 40 runs scored, which ranked fourth overall in the BIG EAST … Led the conference with three triples … Batted .378, which was second on the team and fifth in the conference … Had 21 multi-hit games, including two games with four hits in each … Led the team with 13 stolen bases … Started all 49 games in center field, tallied 63 putouts and a .958 fielding percentage … Finished her career setting the record at Providence for highest career batting average with .359, fourth most runs scored with 103, fourth most hits with 195, and second most stolen bases with 50 … Was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team … Named to the Stetson Invitational All-Tournament Team on Feb. 28 … Named to the College Sports Madness 2016 BIG EAST Preseason All-Conference Second Team.
2015: Played in 26 games before suffering a season-ending injury … Led the team in batting average (.386) … Recorded 32 hits, eight runs scored, four doubles, two triples and nine RBI … Was 5-for-7 in stolen base attempts … Registered a .947 fielding percentage in center field … Tallied 10 multi-hit games … Went 4-for-5 at DePaul on March 28 … Led the BIG EAST in an individual game-high for triples with two in a game (vs. Seton Hall on April 6) … Ranked fifth in the conference in batting average (.386) … Named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team.
Played in all 39 games for the Friars ... Recorded team-highs in hits (40), home runs (12) RBI (35) and slugging percentage (.732) … Also scored 25 runs and ranked second on the team in batting average (.357) … Finished second all-time at Providence in home runs (25) and third all-time in slugging percentage (.526) and RBI (108) … Recorded 11 multi-hit games … Went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI against URI on April 23 in a 9-7 win … Ranked 11th in the conference in batting average (.357) and ranked seventh in BIG EAST competition (.357) … Also ranked fifth in slugging percentage in conference action (.732) and sixth in on-base percentage (.464) … Placed fourth in home runs with 12 in the BIG EAST … Made the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice (3/16 and 5/4) … Selected to the BIG EAST Second Team.
2014: Started all 35 games for the Friars ... Recorded a .269 batting average ... Was second on the team in hits (25)... Tallied 134 putouts for the second-most on the team ... Hit two home runs on the year in back-to-back games (4/17, Villanova) ... Registered 10 RBI on the season ... Selected to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-Conference First Team.