McLaughlin spent the last two seasons as the program's graduate assistant.
The Friars will face Akron, George Washington and Drexel in the tournament.
The Friars play six teams that reached NCAA Regionals.
The Friars open the 2013 season at the Florida Atlantic "Strike-Out Cancer" Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.
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.
Prior to her arrival at 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 recently earned a masters degree in counseling from Providence College in May 2014.
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