"I recruited some of his players, mostly when I was at USD but also some at Stanford. I got to know him through Tony (La Russa), who had an event for Bob. He's a great gift of a teacher, a person and a presence. He has a phenomenal record, not just in football but in changing young men's lives."
-- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh
"He's one of the all-time great Bay Area coaches, and we've had a lot of good ones. You think of baseball with Tony La Russa. You think of the Bill Walshes, the Don Nelsons, Jim Harbaugh. This guy is right up with them and you can make the case that of all the coaches in the Bay Area of all time, he's the best."
-- John Madden, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach
"Basically, mom, dad, faith, and Coach Lad, and I'm not even ashamed to say that."
-- Patrick Walsh, Serra-San Mateo High School football coach, 1993 De La Salle graduate
"I've been around Coach Lad on a few occasions and he's just an unbelievable person. He's a guy that is quite a remarkable coach but also a remarkable person off the field. The amount of success he's had, and the lack of ego he has, and his focus as a teacher -- to have that in high school as an athlete, it sets you on a great course for life. He's building structure and discipline into life."
-- Brent Jones, East Bay resident and former 49ers tight end
"Bob Ladouceur would not let you fail. He would not allow you to underachieve: 'I don't care how bad your life
-- Marlon Blanton, Jesuit-Carmichael football coach, 1991 De La Salle graduate
"Probably the best way I could put it is next to my immediate family he's one of the people that's had the largest impact on my life, how I think about things and how I approach situations."
-- Matt Gutierrez, former NFL quarterback, 2002 De La Salle graduate
"Just how hard they were on you. They never settled for anything less than excellence. Lad would never settle for anything less than perfection. I think that's kind of what brought the whole program where it is."
-- Connor Peters, Boise State tight end, 2011 De La Salle graduate
"I started reading up about De La Salle and saw a lot of similarities between the programs. I became fascinated with Bob. ... How you stay that consistent year after year and the fact that he has not changed his offense. He is going to run that veer at you. ... What I would watch, and I learned from, is his composure."
-- Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei-Santa Ana football coach whose teams played De La Salle in four high-profile games
"He fully influenced high school football. He turned that program around. His influence was probably establishing a culture of pure commitment in every facet of the game. It is the greatest high school dynasty, period."
-- Herc Pardi, former Pittsburg and Clayton Valley High football coach.
"I like his attitude about his game. I wouldn't run his offense, but I don't like playing it. They are very simple, and good. He's an icon of the coaching ranks, that's for sure. He set every record that will be set."
-- Bob Johnson, Mission Viejo football coach.
"I'm a big fan of what they do. I'm a closet De La Salle fan and Bob Ladouceur fan. ... I've said this many times, if there is a better coach in America in any sport, I would like to meet him."
-- Butch Goncharoff, whose Bellevue, Wash., team ended De La Salle's legendary winning streak at 151 games in 2004.