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Defensive Coaching Staff

Scott McLaughlin
Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator

Scott McLaughlin moves into his 10th year as an assistant football coach and second season as defensive coordinator at Wayne State College.

McLaughlin was promoted to defensive coordinator following the 2014 season after serving six seasons as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.  He also worked with the defensive line for four seasons prior to being special teams coordinator.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and played defensive line for the Mavericks.  He also served as a student assistant at UNO and worked as the team's video coordinator for three seasons before coming to Wayne State College.

McLaughlin earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in continuing education and received his master's degree at Wayne State College in sport management in May, 2009.

Scott and his wife Lindsay reside in Wayne with their sons Cooper and Noah.

Denny Honnold
Assistant Football Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs

Denny Honnold is in his first season as Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach at Wayne State College.

Honnold brings 13 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Wildcat football program.  He comes to Wayne State after serving the last three years as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Robert Morris University in Chicago, Illinois.

Last season, he helped the Eagles to a 7-4 record and #15 ranking in the final NAIA poll.  RMU ranked sixth in NAIA in rushing defense under Honnold, allowing just 114 yards per game on the ground. The 2014 team was 8-3 and ended the year ranked 20th in NAIA while leading the nation in rushing defense (75.8/game) and finishing fifth in total defense allowing just 280.8 yards per contest.

Honnold also served six seasons as a defensive assistant at Missouri Valley College where he also coordinated the team’s strength program.  While at Missouri Valley College, Honnold helped coach a defense that led NAIA in scoring defense, total yards allowed per game, rush defense and third down conversion percentage in 2013.  Missouri Valley College qualified for the NAIA national playoffs five of the six years that Honnold coached at the school.  Other coaching stops for Honnold include St. Cloud State, Fort Scott Community College and North Iowa Area Community College.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Honnold earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State in 2003 majoring in exercise science and obtained a master’s degree in sport management from St. Cloud State.   

Abdullah Sabir
Graduate Assistant Football Coach/Defensive Backs

Abdullah Sabir moves into his second year as a graduate assistant football coach at Wayne State College and will help coach defensive backs.

Sabir comes to Wayne State from Benedictine College in Kansas where he was a player and coach at the school.  He served as an assistant coach for 1 1/2 years.  As a player, he was the team's second leading tackler in the 2013 season as a senior with 87 stops while helping the Ravens to a 10-2 record and a berth in the NAIA Division II playoffs.  Sabir added five tackles for loss, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries to earn All-Heartland of America Athletic Conference Third Team honors.

Sabir started his playing career at San Francisco City College where he played from 2007-09 and was a member of the national championship team in 2007.  He then transferred to the University of Kansas in 2010 where he sat out that season as a redshirt.

Earning a bachelor degree in mass communications/media studies from Benedictine, Sabir has also served two year as a youth counselor at YMCA of San Francisco tutoring inner city youth.  He is pursuing a master's degree from Wayne State College in sport management.

Brad Ottis
Volunteer Assistant Coach/Defensive Line

Arguably the greatest defensive player in Wayne State football history, Brad Ottis joins the Wildcat football coaching staff in the 2015 season as a volunteer coach working with the defensive line.

Ottis was a dominating defensive lineman/end for the Wildcats during his playing career from 1990-93.  The Fremont Bergan graduate recorded 45 career sacks and 217 career tackles which led to a standout NFL career in the late 1990's.

As a senior in 1993, Ottis helped WSC to a 9-1 record and was named to several All-America teams.  He was later selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star football classic on Christmas Day and the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama in January, 1994.  Despite being double-teamed much of the season, Ottis racked up 82 tackles and 14 quarterback sacks (124 yds) and 27 tackles for loss (173 yds).

Ottis was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1994 NFL draft.  He played in 13 games in his first NFL season.  The Rams then moved to St. Louis where he played one more season for the Rams before signing a free agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals in 1996.  Ottis played for the Cardinals through the 2000 season, starting 11 games for Arizona in the 2000 season while recording a career high 38 tackles.

Following his NFL career, Ottis played several seasons of indoor football with the Sioux City Bandits.  He also worked as a defensive line coach for the Nebraska Lawdawgs as recent as 2011.

Ottis resides in Norfolk.