Legendary De La Salle Concord High School (California) Coach Bob Ladoceur facilitated a workshop on Feb. 1, primarily for non-faculty coaches, on Lasallian values in coaching and athletics. His presentation for the 70 in attendance focused on how coaches can help athletes become authentic teammates and persons, a main focus of his coaching career.
A movie about his life, When the Game Stands Tall, was released in 2014.
Athletic Director Brian Kelly said, “Bob is a very soft-spoken and humble person, and his message truly resonated with the kind of things we try to do every day at De La Salle. Although Bob has a career record of 399-25, including an American high school record of 151 straight victories, he never focused on wins; rather, he was dedicated to developing young men of God with proper morals and values. He inspired us all to get better at what we do with our student-athletes.”
The DLS Concord teams are often atop the USA Today Top 25 High School Football Rankings. He retired in 2013 as head coach, but continues to assist.
Ladoceur was born in Detroit; his family and the family of DLS Athletic Director Brian Kelly were neighbors. The two are lifelong friends, and Ladoceur’s godparents are Kelly’s parents.