Wayne State’s McLaughlin retires following 15 seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Wayne State Wildcats head football coach Dan McLaughlin has retired. He steps away after leading the program for the last 15 seasons.

Director of Athletics Mike Powicki announced that a national search has begun to find his replacement. He leads the program as their all-time wins leader with a 79-88 record.

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“Late last month, after a freezing four hours standing on the sidelines and a 10-hour bus ride home from Bismarck, North Dakota, I walked into my home and told my wife, Nadine, that ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’,” Coach McLaughlin said. “In each subsequent week little things continued to pop up that only bolstered my feelings.  A few years ago, a dear friend of mine retired and I was surprised… and when I asked him why he retired, he simply replied ‘it was time’.  The time is right for my family and me.”

He steps away following a 4-7 record. Three of the four wins were won at home, as they went 3-3. The Wildcats were 1-4 on the road.

After losing to Winona State Warriors to begin the season, the team defeated the Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs in a 19-13 overtime game. Following the win, the team then lost two straight games.

The Wildcats then won another game in a 30-7 win over the Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles on Oct. 5. Like their previous win, the team then lost two straight games again. 

Their next win came in a 26-23 win over the University of Mary Marauders. The team then lost in a blowout to the Minnesota State Mavericks. 

The program had a shutout against Upper Iowa Peacocks in a 62-0 win. Their season concluded with a 41-21 loss to the University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Cougars on Nov. 16.

“I’ve been fortunate to have a great run in this profession,” McLaughlin said. “Thanks to Wayne State College for the opportunity and support, especially our athletic director Mike Powicki and President Dr. Marysz Rames.  I would especially like to thank the men, including my son Scott, who have worked with me over the years as assistant coaches, and most importantly, the hundreds of young men who chose to attend Wayne State to further their educations and who allowed me to coach them in this great game we call football.”

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