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J. Pat McLaughlin
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Dr. J. Patrick McLaughlin, or “J. Pat” as he is known, was hired as the first-ever women’s golf coach at Northwest Missouri State in the Spring of 2006, and the program began official competition in the Fall of 2007.
Previously, McLaughlin had served as head coach of Northwest’s club golf team since its inception in 2001. Five years later, he was involved in assisting the team’s transition into a NCAA-playing member in the MIAA Conference.
In the beginning, it took just two competitions for Coach McLaughlin to earn the program’s first tournament victory. After placing second at Northwest’s Bearcat Invitational to kick off the program, McLaughlin’s team won Graceland’s Yellowjacket Invitational by eight strokes over second-place Avila.
Northwest placed in the top three six times in nine tournaments during its inaugural year including a return to the winner’s circle during the spring season by claiming the team title at the Avila Invitational in Kansas City.
Starting with the inaugural year (through Fall 2011), the Bearcat Women’s Golf Team has continued its successful ways and has won 10 tournaments, placed second in 9 tournaments, has been in the top five teams 37 out of 45 total tournaments and has players with numerous tournament victories as the low scorer in the competition.
A 1975 graduate of Central Missouri State, Coach McLaughlin has been a professor in the academic fields of law and insurance at Northwest since 1978, the same year he earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Coach McLaughlin lives in Maryville with his wife, Lana. The couple has two daughters, Megan and Erin. Megan (Class of 2003) was a member of the 2001 club team and helped jumpstart the sport at Northwest into its varsity status of today.