The Friars open the 2013 season at the Florida Atlantic "Strike-Out Cancer" Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.
Kathy McLaughlin is entering her second season as the softball team's graduate assistant.
Prior to joining the Friars, McLaughlin spent the last four seasons as a student-athlete at the University of Maryland, where she started as shortstop in 210 of her 215 career appearances. Her career .300 batting average is currently No. 7 in the Maryland record books, and she led the ACC in overall batting average in 2012 (.385) and batting average in conference games only (.460).
Her .385 season average in 2012 is the third-best single season average in Terrapin history and her 42 season runs are fourth-best in school history. In 2012, she also was named to the All-ACC First Team. McLaughlin is tied for firstin the Terps' career triples list and 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, hit .287 on the year, tied for team-high in doubles and earned a team-high in triples.
Before Maryland, McLaughlin was a three-time All-Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) Conference Nominee and the Seton Keough Athlete of the Year in 2007. Her team won the IAAM `A' Conference championship. As a senior, she earned second team All-Metro honors from the Baltimore Sun and was a three-time all-city selection. At Seton Keough, she also played basketball and soccer.
A native of Baltimore, Md., McLaughlin is the daughter of Jim and Maureen McLaughlin and has one sibling, Kiel. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in counseling.