Jan 3, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT
Not many high school football coaches are household names … Eric Taylor from Friday Night Lights, perhaps? But chances are fairly good that you’ve heard of Bob Ladouceur of De La Salle High in Concord, Calif. He coached the Spartans to a national-record 151-game winning streak (1992 to 2004), and 28 Northern California Section titles, the past 21 consecutively. But after 34 years at the helm, he’s expected to announce his retirement on Friday. (UPDATE: Ladouceur indeed announced his retirement today.)
Ladouceur has 399 wins, the most in California history, and a .934 winning percent, which is a national record for coaches with more than 200 victories. The fact that he would leave just one win from No. 400 says what needs to be said about him. Ladaoucer has always been all about the players.
From the Contra Costa Times:
School principal Robert Wickman made the announcement regarding Ladouceur, and also announced that assistant Justin Alumbaugh is taking over as the Spartans’ head coach.
“It’s a good time,” to step down, said Ladouceur, who received a long standing ovation before he spoke, adding that Alumbaugh is “in complete control” of the team.
The news isn’t a huge surprise after Ladouceur acknowledged last month that he was considering stepping aside after the 2012 or 2013 season. He leaves with an overall record of 399-25-3.
There’s currently a film in the works based on Ladouceur and the De La Salle program that will star Jim Caviezel.
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