Dartmouth hires McLaughlin as new men’s basketball coach
HANOVER — Dartmouth College has its new men’s basketball coach.
Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced Monday that David McLaughlin has been hired as the head coach. He is the 28th coach in the history of the Big Green men’s basketball program.
“It is my great pleasure to bring David on board as our men’s basketball coach,” Sheehy said. “He brings a wealth of experience along with great passion for the game. He is a strong tactician with a terrific history of developing players. I could not be more excited looking to the future for Dartmouth men’s basketball. I welcome David, his wife Jenna along with their children Sydney, Ryan and Colin, to the Dartmouth athletics family.”
McLaughlin comes to Dartmouth after serving three years as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Northeastern University, during which time the Huskies posted a combined record of 52-48. In 2014-15, he helped guide the Huskies to a 23-12 overall record and a regular season co-championship in the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the CAA Tournament Championship to secure the school’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament in 24 years.
Before Northeastern, McLaughlin was the head coach at Division II Stonehill College in the Northeast-10 Conference. Under his tutelage, the Skyhawks — which had been 11-45 in the two seasons before he took over — enjoyed terrific success with a combined 189-99 (.656) record in his nine seasons (2004-13), including a 135-80 (.630) mark in conference play. Under McLaughlin, Stonehill reached the NCAA’s five times, the Final Four twice.
“I could not be happier or more excited to have the privilege of leading the Dartmouth men’s basketball program,” McLaughlin said. “The opportunity to work at an elite institution with tremendous student-athletes has always been a goal. The Dartmouth community provides its athletes this type of unique academic and athletic experience. The leadership in place and commitment to excellence in the athletic department is palpable, and it is a work environment that I am thrilled to be part of. I am looking forward to building relationships with the players as we begin our process of building a wining program.”
Before joining the staff at Stonehill in 2000, McLaughlin served as an assistant coach at Wesleyan University for two seasons. He also spent time on the Suffolk University staff and was the head coach of the gold-medal-winning Northeast entry of the 1999 Bay State Games.
McLaughlin was a four-year letterwinner at Colby College, graduating in 1997. He succeeds Paul Cormier, who was let go after this past season.