McLaughlin to be added to Broken Bow Sports Hall of Fame
Wayne State football coach Dan McLaughlin will be honored by the Broken Bow Athletic Booster Club this weekend as the latest addition to the Broken Bow Athletic Hall of Fame.
McLaughlin, who just finished his 14th season as head coach at Wayne State, is the only high school football coach in Nebraska to win state titles at three different schools. He came to Broken Bow in 1984 and was the boys basketball coach for four seasons, leading the Indians to the Class B semifinals in 1987 and 1988. In 1987, he took the reins as the Broken Bow football coach and guided the school to the Class B state title, upsetting powerhouse Elkhorn 24-14 in the state championship game after avenging an early-season loss to rival Ord in the semifinals.
McLaughlin would eventually move to Norfolk High School, where he led the Panthers to the Class A state title with a dramatic 27-19 win over Omaha Benson in the 1994 championship. The following year, he moved to Millard West to start its football program and guided them to the 2001 Class A state title with a 28-14 win over North Platte for his third championship at three different schools, capping a high school career record of 110-59.
McLaughlin took over as head coach at Wayne State starting with the 2005 season and is 75-81 during his 14 seasons with the Wildcats. He is the winningest coach in Wayne State history and guided them to the NCAA Div. II national playoffs in 2008.