Bitburg head coach Mike Laue is the 2012 European American Football Coach of the Year. The coach of the Division II champion Barons was selected Thursday by his DODDS-Europe coaching peers, according to an email from one of them - Wiesbaden coach Steve Jewell.
Laue led the Barons to a third consecutive 8-0 season and fourth straight championship after a remarkable comeback victory over Naples at the Super Six in Baumholder. The program has won 30 games in a row and can break Ansbach's DODDS-Europe record winning streak with two victories to open 2013.
Laue joins Ansbach coach Marcus George as two-time recipients of the honor, according to Jewell.
Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.
He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.
Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.
Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.