Lauding his work as a strong tactician, his history in developing players, and his passion for the game, Dartmouth hired Northeastern assistant Dave McLaughlin as its men’s basketball coach Monday afternoon.
A Brockton native and Boston College High graduate, McLaughlin was the associate head coach, and recruiting coordinator, for Bill Coen the past three seasons at Northeastern. In the 2014-15 season, the Huskies earned their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 24 years.
Coen said that he could not imagine a better fit than Dartmouth basketball and his former assistant.
In a stellar nine-year run in charge at Division 2 Stonehill in the Northeast-10 Conference, McLaugh guided the Skyhawks to a 189-99 mark, punctuated by a 27-win squad that advancd to the national semifinals in 2005-06. His 2012 club also reached the national semis.
“I could not be happier or more excited to have the privilege of leading the Dartmouth men’s basketball program,” said McLaughlin. “The opportunity to work at an elite institution with tremendous student-athletes has always been a goal . . .
“I am looking forward to building relationships with the players as we begin our process of building a winning program.” McLaughlin was a four-year letterwinner for Dick Whitmore at Colby, graduating in 1997.
Steve Clifford, a New England native who is in his second season as coach of the Charlotte Hornets, called McLaughlin “one of the brighest coaches I know. He has a total philosophy and is constantly studying the game.”
The Big Green finished 10-18 this past season under Paul Cormier, who was 48-104 in six seasons in his second stint as head coach in Hanover.
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