Denise (Doster) McLaughlin
Basketball, Cross Country
Class of 1991
Denise McLaughlin came to Bethany after being named an All-County selection in basketball and track at Peachtree High School in Suwanee, Georgia.
Upon arriving at Bethany, McLaughlin made an immediate impact on the basketball court, finishing her basketball career at Bethany ranked second all-time in scoring. Her 1,185 points still stand in tenth place all-time at the College, while her 921 rebounds rank second in Bethany women's basketball history.
McLaughlin's accomplishments in the classroom at Bethany were just as remarkable. She was a First-Team Academic All-American in 1991, as well as the NCAA West Virginia Woman of the Year. McLaughlin also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for Academic Achievement, receiving one of 14 nationally awarded scholarships for women's basketball in 1991.
After leaving Bethany, McLaughlin went to Ma'anshan, China, where she studied Mandarin Chinese. Returning to the states, she went to Emory (Ga.) University, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. McLaughlin was also an assistant coach for the women's basketball team that earned a top 16 national ranking in 1994-95. From 1996-97, McLaughlin went back to China, where she taught at two schools.
McLaughlin got back into competitive sports when she returned to the states and earned the 1997 Bobby Walthour Award for Best Female Cyclist in Georgia and the Atlanta Sports and Fitness Magazine Athlete of the Year Award in 1998. This led McLaughlin to earning a spot on the 2000 USA Triathalon National Team, where she qualified for the Olympic Trials for the 2000 Games in Sydney Australia.
McLaughlin would then go on to become the head swim coach of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Fowler Family Branch. She and her husband, Craig, have a son, Aaron, and reside in Dunwoody, Ga.