Ed McLaughlin Athletics
Hometown: Seward, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Ed McLaughlin completed his 21st year as a member of the Concordia University track and field coaching staff in 2017-18, serving as an assistant coach and working with the throwers. He also assists with the multi-event athletes.
McLaughlin has tutored 14 individual national champions, 165 individual national qualifiers, 138 All-Americans, 50 GPAC champions and 21 national champion runner-ups. National titles have been captured by Samantha Liermann (2017 shot put, 2018 shot put), Adrianna Shaw (2018 discus), Zach Lurz (four times in the shot put), Liz King (2016 hammer, 2014 javelin), Cody Boellstorff (2015/2017 hammer, 2016/2017 weight) and Josh Slechta (2015 weight throw). In addition, school throwing records have been broken 30 times in McLaughlin's tenure as coach. In 2016, McLaughlin swept NAIA Midwest Region men's and women's assistant coach of the year honors for both indoor and outdoor and garnered USTFCCCA NAIA national assistant coach of the year honors for indoor men and for outdoor men and women. In 2017, he was awarded USTFCCA NAIA regional outdoor assistant coach honors for both men and women, and was named the USTFCCA NAIA women's outdoor assistant coach of the year.
Concordia throwers have been particularly dominant over the past four years, leading the Bulldogs to outdoor team national titles in 2015 (men) and 2016 (women), along with National Champion Runner up finishes for the men's team for outdoor (2016) and indoor (2017). The 2017 group combined for four national titles, seven GPAC titles and 20 All-Americans. The 2016 group of throwers combined for four national titles, nine GPAC titles and 34 total All-America awards. The men's team was led by two of the greatest throwers in school history, Lurz and Boellstorff. Lurz's accomplishments included a 17 All-America awards, four national titles, school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, the 2014 GPAC Outdoor Athlete of the year honor, the 2015 NAIA Most Valuable performer award at the 2015 NAIA outdoor national championship and recognition as the 2016 USTFCCCA NAIA National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and the 2017 USTFCCCA NAIA National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. Not to be outdone Boellstorff is an eight-time All-American, with four national titles, the school record holder in the weight throw and hammer throw, four times he received NAIA Field athlete of the week and the 2016 performance of the meet winner for the Indoor National championships. Both finished in the top 10 all time at Concordia in all of their events.
On the women's side, a trio of throwers took over the reins from King. Kali Robb, Tricia Svoboda and Samantha Liermann, garnered numerous awards. Robb finishes as one of the most decorated female throwers in school history, collecting 10 All-Americans, three national runner-up finishes, four GPAC titles and thre NAIA national field athlete of the week awards. She is also No. 2 all time in school history I the shot put and No. 5 in the discus. Svoboda, was a four-time All-American in javelin and discus (national champion runner up in 2016) and a national qualifying hammer and weight thrower. She also won the GPAC title in discus. Liermann, a junior in 2018, is a seven-time All-American and the 2017 outdoor and 2018 indoor national champion in the shot put.
McLaughlin was a four-year letter winner in both football and track at Concordia. He was the NIAC shot put champion in 1996, a six-time competitor in the NAIA Championship meet and he broke the school record in discus as a freshman.
In football, McLaughlin played on the offensive line and earned All-NIAC honors twice for the Bulldogs. He also was a two-time All-Nebraska selection and earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors in 1996.
McLaughlin completed his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Biology at Concordia University in 1998. He resides in Lincoln with his wife Tasha, their daughter Clara and son Derek.