Football coaches have been studying Bob Ladouceur and his coaching style for decades -- well beyond the De La Salle High sidelines.
Butch Goncharoff, whose Bellevue (Wa.) team ended De La Salle's legendary winning streak at 151 games in 2004, got a doctorate in De La Salle football before that game.
"I'm watching film of those guys. I watched how their line came off the ball and I said we can implement it. By the end of June, I had devoured everything Bob Ladouceur," Goncharoff said. "We definitely formatted a lot of our line play after De La Salle. ... De La Salle got beaten by a similar De La Salle-style team.
"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."
Mater Dei-Santa Ana's Bruce Rollinson had four memorable games against the Spartans from 1998-2001 when De La Salle's streak was intact. Mater Dei nearly knocked off the Spartans on two occasions in Anaheim, losing to De La Salle 28-21 in 1998 and 31-28 in 2000.
"I was the type of young coach, I didn't really look at national rankings," Rollinson said. "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
Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson, who is ninth all-time among California football coaches with 288 wins, went 2-2 against the Spartans in games from 2004-2007.
"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," Johnson said. "He's an icon of the coaching ranks, that's for sure. He set every record that will be set."
Locally, Ladouceur's team also set the standard, said former Pittsburg and Clayton Valley coach Herc Pardi.
"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," said Pardi, whose Pittsburg squad in 1991 handed Ladouceur his last loss to a Northern California team.
"It is the greatest high school dynasty, period."
Dan Shaughnessy, the only coach to have beaten De La Salle three times in the Ladouceur era, coached against Ladouceur in his first season in 1979.
"That guy hit the ground running, literally. He started winning immediately," said Shaughnessy, 76, a longtime coach at Salesian and St. Mary's High among other schools. "He's able to get these kids to buy into what he's doing. That's a big thing, to get their attention to what he's attempting to do on the field. They trust him and they trust his judgement.
"In a pinch, kids are going to look to that leadership and follow it. He has done a great job molding young lives in that way."
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