The Broken Bow Athletic Booster Club has announced that former Broken Bow coach Dan McLaughlin will be the newest addition to the Broken Bow Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach McLaughlin is currently the head football coach at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE where he recently concluded his 14th season directing the program and is the all-time wins leader at Wayne State College.
McLaughlin came to Broken Bow back in 1984. He served as head boys basketball coach for four seasons which included trips to the Nebraska boys state basketball tournament in 1987 and 1988 making it to the state semi-finals each year. In 1987, McLaughlin took over as Broken Bow head football coach leading the Indians to the Class B state title. On their road to the title, Bow avenged a regular season loss to Ord by defeating the Chants in the state semi-finals 40-7 and upset undefeated Elkhorn in the state championship game 24-14.
Following his time at Broken Bow, McLaughlin would lead Norfolk to the Class A state football championship in 1994 and would later coach Millard West to a Class A state title in 2001 making him the only head football coach in Nebraska state history to win state football championships at three different schools.
McLaughlin will be inducted on Friday, January 11th when Broken Bow hosts Wood River for a girls and boys basketball doubleheader. The games that evening will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM and kbbn.com with Coach McLaughlin scheduled to join Central Nebraska’s Sports Source between games to talk about his induction.
(Information for story provided by Coach McLaughlin, Broken Bow Athletic Booster Club, and Wayne State SID Mike Grosz)