High School Football Coaching Legend Bob Ladouceur Retires

By Eric Domingo
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Ladouceur, Da La Salle’s (Concord, California) high school coach, is retiring after 34 years. Ladouceur will always be remembered for his 20 unbeaten seasons (1992-2003), where he won 151 straight games.

According to Ladouceur, he says it was a good time to step down.

Justin Alumbaugh, De La Salle’s assistant coach, will take over at the Spartan’s head coach.

Ladouceur leaves with a 399-25-3 record with the Spartans, where he helped them win five state championships and 28 North Coast titles. De La Salle also was ranked No. 1 in various national rankings numerous times.

The Spartans won its fourth straight CIF State Open Division Championship with a 48-28 victory against Corona Contennial on Decemeber 15. De La Salle’s high school football team hasn’t lost to a Northern California team since 1991.

The 58-year-old retiree took over the Spartans in 1979 with no head coaching experience. He coached a number of players who went to the NFL including: Maurice Jones-Drew, Amani Toomer, Derek Landri and D.J. Williams.

It’s very disappointing to see a great coach leave. Ladouceur will always be remembered for his unique philosophies and tough nose coaching. He has been an inspiration to all aspiring coaches around the nation and a role model to a number of high school boys in Concord, California.

He has set the bar for all coaches after him and the players he leaves behind. His expectations were always great, but he always knew how to get the best out of his players. He was loved and respected by his players and had an unmatched competitive drive.

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