Coaching Staff

Shawn McLaughlin
Assistant Coach

McLaughlin joins Pauly’s staff after spending the last four seasons at the University of Incarnate Word, where he also served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He developed four All-Conference performers and a Southland All-Conference Freshman of the Year. Incarnate Word made the Southland Conference tournament every season McLaughlin was on staff.

Prior to Incarnate Word, McLaughlin served at the University of Denver, the University of Nevada-Reno and at UC Davis. At each stop, he was involved in the development of practice plans, the breakdown of film and scouting opponents, while also assisting in recruiting.
 
On the club circuit, McLaughlin was the head coach of the San Antonio Magic volleyball club since 2014 and his teams qualified for the USAV Junior Nationals in three separate seasons, including winning a Gold Medal in 2014 at the USAV Junior National in 14’s USA. He has also worked with USA Volleyball at its national training camp and served as head coach to volleyball clubs in Colorado, Nevada and California.


Michelle Meehan
Assistant Coach

Meehan joins the UAB coaching staff after spending the past year at Villanova as an assistant coach. While with the Wildcats, Meehan assisted with the day-to-day operations of practice planning, scouting opponents and creating a game plan. She was also involved with the management and planning of Villanova’s volleyball camps.
 
Meehan also broke down film, ran film sessions and had hands on-experience with the evaluation of potential recruits.

Before Villanova, Meehan was a graduate assistant at Salisbury University from 2015-17 and was responsible for the on-court training of all positions with an emphasis on liberos, defensive specialists and outside hitters. At Salisbury, she also prepared opponent scouting reports, broke down film and supervised the academic development of the student-athletes.
 
Meehan was a four-year starter at Salisbury as a libero and served as team captain for two years. She led the Sea Gulls to back-to-back conference championships and three-straight NCAA tournament appearances, including an Elite 8 run.
 
She is the current school record holder in career digs, digs in a season, career aces and season aces at Salisbury.
 
Meehan earned her B.S in science with a minor in athletic coaching and a master’s of science in applied health physiology from Salisbury.


Emily Clifford
Director of Operations

Pitek comes to UAB to serve as the director of operations and brings a wealth of experience and as a former collegiate head coach, a unique perspective.
 
She was the assistant women’s soccer coach at Birmingham-Southern from 2010-13 before taking over as the head coach from February 2013-14. As the assistant coach, she organized the logistics of hosting the conference tournament as well as managing the day-to-day aspects of the program such as scheduling and preparing for home matches or arranging travel for away matches.
 
She successfully ran a fundraising campaign raising $12,000 for new uniforms and other needed equipment as the head coach at Birmingham-Southern. Pitek also built upon the alumni base, creating an even stronger foundation through events both in season and out of season.