Lincolnton High assistant Bobby McLaughlin has been named the new head football coach at Huntersville SouthLake Christian Academy, the school announced in a press release on Thursday.
McLaughlin, 44, has spent the past 10 seasons as an assistant at Lincolnton, where he coached quarterbacks and the defensive secondary.
“Bobby has a strong track record coaching and managing all aspects of a competitive football program,” SouthLake Christian Academy Athletic Director Joe Haney said in a press release. “He’s experienced in coaching both sides of the ball and has a long, successful track record placing student-athletes into college football programs. He’ll be a good role model and Christian influence for our young athletes and assistant coaches alike.”
McLaughlin arrives at SouthLake Christian with more than 20 years of teaching and coaching experience in Lincoln and Iredell county public school systems.
“The opportunity to coach at SouthLake Christian is a blessing,” said McLaughlin, according to the release. “It just fell into place after my wife and I discussed moving both our son and daughter to SouthLake Christian. After speaking with the administration, we were excited about the opportunities for our family. We were impressed with the vision that was set forth not only for the football program, but for the overall school philosophy and Christian environment.”
In addition to coaching football at Lincolnton, McLaughlin served as a Special Education teacher for students with special needs, and will continue to work in the Lincoln County school system while coaching the Eagles.
McLaughlin takes over for former head coach Geoff O’Donnell, who stepped down after the Eagles finished 11-1 mark and won the 2013 NCISAA 3A state title.
“The team I hope to put on the field is one that will be well-prepared, tough, physical and hard-nosed,” McLaughlin said. “It will be a team that competes for four quarters each and every game. SouthLake Christian has a lot to be proud of and we are going to focus on what it takes to be successful and to be a winner, both on and off the field.”