PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - From field general...to offensive coordinator. Former wildcat quarterback Ben McLaughlin will go from tossing touchdowns to patrolling the press box.
McLaughlin shattered conference records tossing for over 3700 yards his senior season, records that still stand nearly six years later.
Wildcat head coach Dennis Dunn thinks they have found the right man for the job.
“We just believe that be brings not to mention the passion but the organization and a strong work ethic and offensive mind so I’m excited to bring him on to everything we know he can be,” said Dunn.
Since coaching McLaughlin, Dunn has wanted his former gun slinger to join him on the sidelines.
“It’s always been my dream since Ben played here to coach with him at some point,” added Dunn. “I didn't know what that would look like but just having Ben as a player, he was a coach on the field. Everything I knew he was going to become, he has become and I know the best is yet to come for him and Louisiana College.”
Coach Dunn has been in charge of the offense since starting at LC and handing over the reins to someone else is never easy. And McLaughlin knows expectations are high.
“Honored to think that he thinks enough of me to help run his offense,” said McLaughlin. “Hopefully some of the experiences and things I learned while in northeast Oklahoma. That we can come back and make this thing the best it can possibly be.”
Despite being up in the press box calling the plays, McLaughlin admits sometimes he would rather be going to work on the gridiron.
“Coaching can be frustrating, admitted McLaughlin. “Because sometimes you want to just take the ball and do it yourself. But you know that’s our job we got to do we got to find a way to get those players to do what they need to do to be successful. It’s definitely going to be special being on the field and up in the press box looking down. So it’s going to bring back memories and it’s going to build on that tradition we have established in years past.”
Even with a new face in charge of the offense, fans can expect to see that same high powered LC scoring machine.
“When you’re looking at it from the sidelines or the stands it’s going to be the offense that LC has been prolific at for the last 10 years or so,” said McLaughlin.
Football may be a few months away, but the anticipation and excitement for LC football has already arrived.