McLaughlin joins the SBU staff after guiding the St. John's women's program to new heights in his role as assistant coach. Under McLaughlin's leadership in 2013, the Johnnies enjoyed their best year in program history, competing in the Big East semifinals and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Arkansas 1-0. McLaughlin helped shape St. John's Rachel Daly into the program's first ever NSCAA All-American and Big East Player of the Year after she led the nation with 23 goals, as well as accelerate the development of first-team All-BIG East selection Georgia Kearney-Perry, second team selection Amy Marron and third-team freshman goalkeeper Diana Poulin.
McLaughlin spent six seasons on the bench for St. John's. In his time with the Red Storm, he was a part of several successful campaigns, including the program's first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2013. Additionally, the Red Storm made four BIG EAST Championships appearances (2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013) in his six seasons.
Throughout his coaching career, McLaughlin has shown the uncanny ability to develop players. At SJU, he coached 16 All-BIG EAST selections, two BIG EAST All-Tournament team honorees and BIG EAST All-Rookie selection Caitlyn McLaughlin (2011) in addition to the aforementioned Daly.
McLaughlin joined the Red Storm in 2008 after a 10-year stint as an assistant coach with the Adelphi women's soccer program. In his role, he helped guide the Panthers to five NCAA appearances, four conference titles and three NCAA Northeast Regional championships. In addition, his 2004 team at Adelphi was the NCAA Division II championship runner-up. In 2001, he took a one-year absence from the Panthers to serve as an assistant women's soccer coach at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa.
McLaughlin was a four-year soccer player at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. During his tenure, he helped lead the team to three appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament and three Mid-Atlantic Conference championships. In his senior year, McLaughlin was named to the All-Mid Atlantic first team.
A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), McLaughlin holds an Advanced/National Diploma License. In addition to his role with the Seawolves, he serves as the U17 head coach of the Eastern New York ODP South Girls' team. He has also been a part of the Region I ODP camp staff since May 2006.
In January of 1998, he received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Elizabethtown with a concentration in finance. He continued his education at Adelphi, earning his master's degree in physical education in January 2001. In May 2014, he earned a second masters in educational administration as both a School Building/District Leader.