De La Salle Football Coach Expected to Announce Retirement on Friday

January 3, 2013 23:02 pm · 27 comments


De La Salle High School Football Coach Bob Ladouceur is expected to announce his retirement on Friday.

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Aldigator January 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Might have to bring in Belichick to try to be as successful as Ladiuceur.

Safety Second January 4, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Thank you Lad for your enormous contributions to the community. Your success is remarkable and demonstrates the great potentials of an educational system where the heavy hand of unions is absent. God bless you.

@Aldigator January 4, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Really? – Belichick was fined by the NFL for illegal sideline videotaping of an opponent, are you saying this happens now at DLS?

Marty McFly January 4, 2013 at 6:56 AM

End of an era. Thanks for all your dedication Coach Lad over the years! Forever proud to be a Spartan!

DLS – Class of ’95

P.S. – I guess we’ll now have all the “DLS reruits” crybaby trolls coming out the woodworks now. Its jealousy at it’s finest, and I love it!

DLS DAD January 4, 2013 at 7:05 AM

National champions from right here in Claycord as per final espn high school rankings. I am sad to see the Zen-Master of football retire. Best of luck Lad.

Roberto January 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

When asked in an interview some 15 years ago Ladouceur was asked why the football program was so successful. His one word answer: Love.

B January 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

@4 Marty

It’s not jealousy, it’s a dislike of an unfair system

Cowellian January 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

He sure set the bar high for his replacement. I wish him well.

Brian Marchiano January 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Bob Ladouceur is a legend.

Abe on Ayers January 4, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Lad was a great coach and mentor to everyone on campus, not just the players. Let’s hope his traditions live on with Justin Alumbaugh taking the reins.

@4 Marty January 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Don’t worry the boosters will be able to buy the best coaches along with the players so nothing will change. They will continue to have the best football team money can buy. I really don’t care as long as the provide an education to the kids.

RanchgirlCA January 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Best of luck Coach Ladouceur. Thanks for all you have done for the school and its students. It wasn’t all about football. You are a true inspration.

SC January 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

#4 Marty – you are so right:

” I guess we’ll now have all the “DLS reruits” crybaby trolls coming out the woodworks now. Its jealousy at it’s finest, and I love it!”

I am proud to be a SPARTAN and have had the opportunity to be coached by Lad when I was there. DLS Football won’t be the same without him.

What people don’t realize is that Lad (unlike many other coaches) isn’t all about winning, and he coaches his players on LIFE on and off the field. He is a terrific example and I wish more coaches were like him.

DLS – Class of 94

Wolfman January 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Thanks Bob for putting us on the map. DLS class of 74. We answer to a higher authority.

Pegasus January 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Thank you Coach Lad, the world is a better place with a man like you. Peace be with you.

MikeT January 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Great job Coach!! Thank you

Judge Roy Bean January 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

More on story from MaxPreps

Coach Lad has had a major impact on NorCal football…he has touched every program in some degree, his talks, coaching clinics, his basic philosophy of football and with working with young men.

Judge Roy Bean January 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

@4Marty ..a True Troll….you have NO Clue.
Go find a dark, damp, stinky hole to crawl into…check your 6 and then proceed.

Screwy Louie January 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Thank you Coach Lad for teaching these Kids about Life as well as Football.

j January 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Thanks Lad for all the great years!
Class of 83.

Ajh5150 January 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

You have always lead by example.

Cy Nical January 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

How many years after retirement before the Pope can officially name “Coach Lad” a saint? He’s achieved that status with readers here for having winning football seasons which after all is more important than world peace, ending hunger. etc.

jeff January 4, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Big deal . . they’ll still be good because they’ll still recruit!

anon January 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

“Thank you Lad for your enormous contributions to the community”

It was a job–he did not sure Cancer

Not too hard being the best when you can get the best players from all over the bay with the truth

anon January 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM

“Big deal . . they’ll still be good because they’ll still recruit!”

YUP..that says it all
Talk to a DLS supporter & they will double talk you about it all
Some of the graduates will do well picking up the girls at DVC for the next 5 years..have fun

michael 2 January 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM

WOW anon sounds like someone that that may have gone to DLS at one time and couldn’t cut it or was asked to leave for some reason .IF you had a son who loved football wouldn’t you work hard ,save money and try to let him have the chance to play for the best high school and coach in the nation. Coach Lad and the rest of the coaching staff has taught there players about life and what comes from hard work , dedication , heart and brotherhood.If anyone wants to know the impact coach Lad has made in the lives of those young men, just talk to one.
Thank you coach Lad and DLS!

Aldigator January 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Belichick might have to resort to sideline taping to get to this guys win percentage

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