Ladouceur leaves coaching legacy at De La Salle

January 04, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

When I look at the football coaching accomplishments of Bob Ladouceur at Concord's De La Salle High School I'm simply in awe. Only 25 losses in 34 seasons and a winning streak that lasted a best ever nationally of 151 games. Ladouceur set a bar so high that the Spartan's program became a nationwide benchmark.

Bob Ladouceur coached the De La Salle Spartans for 34 years-5724 Bob Ladouceur of the Concord, CA  De La Salle Spartans-0187

Upon hearing of his retirement today, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to photograph him walking the sidelines during the Spartans Northern California D2 win over Folsom High School at Sacramento State University on December 8. I was literally one game away from never witnessing his greatness that ultimately ended with another state open division title (fourth consecutive) and a 15-0 record. That final game was a 48-28 victory over Corona Centennial December 15. 

Bob Ladouceur coached the De La Salle Spartans for 34 years-5747 Bob Ladouceur coached the De La Salle Spartans for 34 years-6128

Ladouceur's record was an amazing 399-25-3, and the program didn't have a winning season until he took the reins in 1979 with no prior experience as a head coach.

Bob Ladouceur fourth consecutive open division state title-6293 Bob Ladouceur fourth consecutive open division state title-6295

Mythical rankings are given to high school teams since they don't compete past the state championship level. Including this season, the De La Salle Spartans have topped the rankings in various polls several times during the Ladouceur tenure.


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