DAVID MCLAUGHLIN Head Coach
Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced on April 25, 2016 that David McLaughlin was hired as the 28th head coach of the Big Green men’s basketball program.
“It is my great pleasure to bring David on board as our men’s basketball coach,” Sheehy said. “He brings a wealth of experience along with great passion for the game. He is a strong tactician with a terrific history of developing players. I could not be more excited looking to the future for Dartmouth men’s basketball.”
McLaughlin comes to Dartmouth after serving three years as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Northeastern University, during which time the Huskies posted a combined record of 52-48. In 2014-15, he helped guide the Huskies to a 23-12 overall record and a regular season co-championship in the Colonial Athletic Association, as well as the CAA Tournament Championship to secure the school’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament in 24 years.
JUSTIN BRADLEY Assistant Coach
Justin Bradley was originally hired in the summer of 2015 as an assistant coach, and returned to Hanover in 2018 following a two-year stint at Williams College.
Bradley helped the Ephs advance to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 2017 and finish both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons ranked fifth in the country. He was involved in all aspects of the recruiting process and assisted in game preparation and strategy while overseeing the player development for perimeter players. Three players earned All-NESCAC honors during his time at Williams, including 2018 Player of the Year and second-team All-American James Heskett. This past May, Bradley was listed as an honoree on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Under Armour 30-Under-30, which recognizes up-and-coming young coaches in men’s college basketball.
During his first turn with the Big Green in 2015-16, Bradley helped recruit the current junior class, which includes starters Brendan Barry and Will Emery. His responsibilities with the team featured skill development of shooting guards and small forwards as well as producing scouting reports on opponents.
STEVE ONGLEY Assistant Coach
Steve Ongley, hired as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season, comes to Dartmouth after spending the past year on the coaching staff at Columbia.
"We are thrilled to have Steve join our Dartmouth basketball family," McLaughlin said. "Beyond being a person of high character and having a terrific work ethic, Steve prides himself in building relationships on and off of the court. His past experience in the Ivy League as well as the NESCAC will help in our national and international recruiting efforts. Steve is a great communicator, thorough and creative in his teaching and recruiting, and truly values what Dartmouth is all about!"
During his year at Columbia, Ongley coached the forwards and centers, helping Patrick Tapé improve from 4.4 to 11.3 points per game while ranking third in the conference in field goal percentage (.667) as he earned All-Ivy League honorable mention. Although the Lions finished 10-18 overall and 5-9 in the league standings, they ended the season in strong fashion by winning four of their last six contests, including victories on the road at Penn and the eventual Ivy League champion, Yale.
WILL THONI Assistant Coach
Will Thoni arrived at Dartmouth in May 2019 following nine years at Davidson College as a student manager, walk-on player and staff member.
“We are thrilled to welcome Will to our program, and I am excited to start working with him,” head coach David McLaughlin said. He brings a passion and energy that will instantly allow him to build relationships with our players as well as within the Dartmouth community. During his time at Davidson, Will gained experience in many different areas that allowed him to impact the program each day. His intrinsic motivation, creativity, selfless mindset and willingness to work at his craft will allow him to have an immediate impact for our program!”
During his five years on the staff with the Wildcats, Thoni began as the assistant for program development before earning a promotion as the director of student-athlete development. Last year, the Tennessee native served as the director of basketball operations, organizing and monitoring the recruiting database, assisting in all aspects of player relations and coordinating all travel logistics for the team. He also served as the lead scout for 31 of Davidson's contests in his five seasons.