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Riverview hires Anderson's McLaughlin as new football coach PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO

  • -Derek McLaughlin served as the Anderson football coach from 2009-13 before recently accepting the job at Riverview. During his time with the Titans, he posted a 30-21 record and made three consecutive playoff appearances.
  • -Jeff Stergalas, who is Riverview's athletic director, headed up the football team from 2009-13, but announced his retirement earlier this year and recently hired Anderson's Derek McLaughlin as his replacement.
  • -Riverview quarterback Drew Kroll was a junior on last year's 7-3 squad, which earned a spot in the state playoffs.
  • -Under Coach Jeff Stergalas, the Riverview Pirates featured a powerful rushing attack.
  • -As a senior with Riverview, running back Josh Smith led Coach Jeff Stergalas' prolific rushing attack in 2013.
  • -In an early-season battle with Woodhaven, Anderson knocked off the Warriors for one of its four 2013 victories.
  • -Despite a tough 4-5 season in 2013, Trey Harris (3) and the Anderson Titans gave playoff-bound Allen Park all it could handle in the season's final game, which proved to be Derek McLaughlin's last time on the sidelines for the Southgate squad.
After five years as the head football coach at Anderson, Derek McLaughlin has left the Downriver League and will be on the sidelines for another area team this fall.

The next stop for the 33-year-old McLaughlin is in the Huron League, as he has accepted the head coach job at Riverview, which was left vacant after Jeff Stergalas announced his retirement earlier this year.

Stergalas, who has remained as the school’s athletic director, said he chose McLaughlin as his successor because he respects his approach to the game and his strong work ethic.

“The No. 1 thing that interested me in getting Mac over is that he’s what I call a ‘true football guy,’” Stergalas said. “He puts a lot of time into it and it’s really important to him to be a football coach.”

With the Titans, McLaughlin posted an overall record of 30-21, which included three consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-11, highlighted by a district title in his first season.

Prior to taking over the Anderson program, McLaughlin served as an assistant for two years under John Rama.

Also a teacher at Anderson, McLaughlin said his primary reason for the move is that he’s concerned about job security, at his seniority level, in the wake of last year’s employee layoffs by the school board.

“I appreciate everything Southgate did and the opportunity, but I was worried about my employment there because I am such a young teacher,” he said. “I enjoyed my years at Southgate and it was a lot of fun and a pleasure to coach there, but I thought this move would be better for my family and a little better with stability.”

Since accepting the job with the Pirates, McLaughlin said he has already had a chance to speak with his new players he’s excited by what he saw.

“I met the kids... and they’re a great group of respectful kids,” he said. “Right away I could tell they were very attentive to what I had to say and they’re very excited to get things going and I was impressed with the way they conducted themselves.”

Last season, Riverview featured a prolific rushing attack that helped lead the squad to a 7-3 record and a playoff appearance.

As for Anderson, Athletic Director David Pinkowski said he is reviewing potential candidates to take over the football program.

“Derek McLaughlin is an outstanding person, teacher and coach,” Pinkowski said. “It is always difficult to replace staff members with those outstanding attributes. “I wish Derek and his family well in his new position.”



Last Updated: 3/27/2014 2:14:19 PM EST

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