Gibbon's McLaughlin accepts job at Platteview High

    Gibbon head coach Mark McLaughlin walks onto the field during a Sept. 8, 2017 game. (KHGI)

    Mark McLaughlin's time as the head coach of football at Gibbon High School has come to an end as he made the Twitter announcement on Monday.

    McLaughlin is headed to Platteview High School to be the next head football coach and be a teacher.

    "It’s a bigger school, which is something of a challenge for me. It is just a great opportunity for our family," said McLaughlin.

    Taking over prior to the 2009 season, he was the head coach of the Buffaloes for 10 years and served as an assistant coach the previous three seasons, beginning in 2006.

    While at Gibbon, the Buffaloes were quite successful under McLaughlin's guidance; winning 45 games and qualifying for the playoffs five times. The offense would eventually set or tie several state records: completion percentage in a season (Bradyn Snell, .666, 2015) and in a career (Snell, .612, 2012-15), longest rush in a game (Jacob Tracy, 99, 2015) and most rushing yards in a single game (Tracy, 381, 2016).

    "I love Gibbon with all my heart," McLaughlin told NTV. "Part of me thought I’d stay there forever, or at least as long as they would have me. Ultimately it was time for me to take my family 'home'."

    One of the cooler moments for Gibbon came in September 2014 when legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden visited for the game against Wood River as part of the rivalry series.

    McLaughlin grew up in Elkhorn and his wife is from Syracuse. Platteview High School is centrally located between those two areas.

    Gibbon's next head coach has yet to be named.

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