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Fans Honor the Legacy of De La Salle Football Coach Bob Ladouceur

Browse reaction from around the web about Ladouceur's potential retirement from coaching the Spartans football team. Share your thoughts and memories in the comments.

Share your memories and thoughts about De La Salle football coach Bob Ladouceur in the comments below.

How would you sum up his career with the Spartans? Where will the team go from here?

Ladouceur has coached the De La Salle Spartans for 34 years and leaves behind a legacy of 399 wins. He had no teaching or head-coaching experience when he took the job in 1979, according to the Spartanhood website.

Kari Hulac (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Received this comment by email from DLS running back Jim Donnelly ('83): "Coach Lad is as fine a coach, leader, teacher, mentor, and man/person in any sport at any level. You will hear the same from any others you ask that played for or work with him. Coach Lad came to DLS in my freshman fall in 1979, at the time DLS was a doormat of a football team winning 1 or 2 games a year in the 70’s. My senior fall season of 1982 was his 1st undefeated and NO CA championship team and that was the tip of the iceberg for what he and the program accomplished the next 3 decades. You know the numbers, a record for the ages in any sport and has built DLS to be regarded as the best HS football program in US history. He got the most out of every player by challenging you both physically and mentally beyond places you thought possible. It was about the team and playing for and loving every one of your teammates more than yourself. That was common on every DLS team, year in and year out, and at the core of the programs success. It’s just like Coach Lad to retire at 399 wins and not care about the attention and accolades win 400 would bring him in September. The John Wooden of HS football is retiring today. It was an honor to play for him and be a part of the DLS program and family.

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