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De La Salle High Football Coach Bob Ladouceur Announces Retirement

The Spartans' coach ends career with 399 wins. What memories do you have of De La Salle Football?

As a crowded room of media, former players, parents and fellow teachers looked on, Bob Ladouceur announced Friday he is stepping down as De La Salle High's head football coach.

Ladouceur, 58, will continue as a teacher at the Concord Catholic school, but the highly successful team will now be overseen by new head coach Justin Alumbaugh, a De La Salle alumnus who has been an assistant coach for more than a decade.

"The reason I am stepping down as head coach is because it's a good time to do so," said Ladouceur. "I am not stepping away from coaching. I will still be involved in some capacity in the program. However, 34 years as a head coach is a long time. It's a good time for the transition."

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Ladouceur finishes his 34-year head coaching career with a 399-25-3 record, including 17 state football titles and 29 North Coast Section championships. His teams have not lost to a Northern California squad since 1991.

However, Ladouceur was praised Friday for more than just his coaching abilities.

"We are amazed at how Bob has over many years built a program whose success can be measured not only by the scoreboard but by how these young men learn the values that make for a successful life, a life of meaning, a life of service," said Brother Robert J. Wickman, principal at De La Salle.

Glenn Coats, a parent who attended the press conference, has a son, Earl, who was a senior on this year's state championship team. Coats said it's hard to describe how much of an impact Coach Ladouceur has had on his son.

"We've watched a young boy grow to be a dedicated, discipline, respective man," he added.

The Pittsburg father added he has "no doubts" the Spartan team will be as successful under their new head coach.

carrera January 04, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Congratulations on a great career and legacy!
Bailey Lee January 05, 2013 at 12:01 AM
In the current climate of football sluts like Petrino, Saban, Paterno,...the list goes on and on...good guys like Ladouceur are rare and should be appropriately appreciated.
Jack Weir January 05, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Our son Drew played for DLS for four years, and was on the varsity team that maintained the 151-game "Streak." At the football awards ceremony his senior year, Coach Ladoceur commented that Drew was "a very good influence on our team." I can think of no higher compliment. I know Bob will continue to teach and coach young men to become upstanding and responsible members of their community.
Jack Tono January 05, 2013 at 02:19 AM
He's a good recruiter
Wayne Cochrun January 05, 2013 at 06:48 PM
During during Bob's tenure DLS was the best coached football team in America, at any level. The names of the players changed but the fundamentals and techniques never changed!!! And football IS fundamentals!!!! Wayne Cochrun, former footall coach for 43 years in Southern California.

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