The Greatest High School Football Coach Of All Time Calls It Quits After 34 Years
If you are a true fan of the game of football, perhaps you've heard of Bob Ladouceur. For those of us who have never heard of the man, his story is incredible. Coach Ladouceur is the head coach of the De La Salle Spartans in Concord, California but he's no ordinary coach, or man for that matter.
As a parent of two High School athletes, I know how important a good coach can be and how detrimental a bad one can be. We want to know our kids are being molded with character and moral values and that is just what Coach Bob Ladouceur has been doing for the last 34 years; molding and shaping hundreds of lives, for the better.
But when it comes to his coaching record spanning over 3 decades, you won't find a more winning coach, with at least 200 games to their name, anywhere in the country. And his final season was a great way to go. 15-0 this year and a fourth straight CIF Open Division State Title this past season.
The final numbers show Coach Ladouceur compiled a 399-25 career record. Wow! This guy coached for 34 years and only lost 25 games? That is insane. His win percentage is a mere .938. The Spartans won five Open Division state championships, including the 4 straight I mentioned earlier, and 28 North Coast Section titles.
In fact, the Spartans won 21 of those titles IN A ROW!
But the most impressive record that stands out was 151 consecutive victories from 1992-2003. What is that? 11 years without losing a game?
A couple names that have been through his program you might recognize are Amani Toomer and Maurice Jones-Drew. There was also a book written about their 2002 season called "When the Game Stands Tall."
It's truly what movies are made of. In fact, Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, will portray him in an upcoming Hollywood film.
Count me in for that flick!