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December 17, 2007

PSU Assistant Football Coach receives prestigious honor

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The defensive coordinator for the Plymouth State University football team has received a prestigious honor from The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.

            Mike McLaughlin has been named Assistant Coach of the Year in New England for Divisions II-III.  Bill McGovern, linebacker coach at Boston College, will receive the award in the Bowl/Championship Division.  The head coaches of the year are Randy Edsall of the University of Connecticut and Skip Bandidni of Curry College.

            These are among the all-star roster of players, coaches and officials to be honored by The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston at its annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, January 10, 2008, at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Mass.

            McLaughlin (right), who is in his fifth year on the Panther staff under head coach Paul Castonia, directed a PSU defense that led the 16-team New England Football Conference in total defense (289.0 yards allowed per game).  The Panthers also finished third in the NEFC in rushing and scoring defense and sixth in passing defense.

            The Panthers completed the season at 9-1 overall, their first winning campaign since 2001 and matching the most wins in a season since the 1995 team also finished 9-1.

About the Gridiron Club, "Keepers of the Flame": Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston (www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com) promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. Through its annual dinners and golf tournament, the club carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport, and supporting worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.
The Gridiron Club is steward of some of the most storied awards in American sport. The George H. "Bulger" Lowe Award, established in 1939 and awarded to New England's best college football players, is the country's oldest accolade of its kind after the Heisman Trophy. The Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award, inaugurated in 1946, recognizes football players who also distinguish themselves in the classroom. In 1977, the club assumed stewardship of the Walter Brown Award, the nation's oldest college hockey honor, which is given to the best American-born college player in New England.

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