It’s safe to say there’s a lot of respect in NFL and college coaching circles for Bob Ladouceur, the former De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.) coach who in 1979 took over a program that had never had a winning season and retired 33 years later with a 399-25-3 record and more undefeated seasons (28) than individual losses.
Here are the quotes some of the biggest names in coaching contributed to our new book book, Chasing Perfection: Leadership Principles Behind Winning the De La Salle Way, by Bob Ladouceur with Neil Hayes, which is available at on-line booksellers now and will be in bookstores very soon.
“This book should be on the reading list of every coach and teacher.”
—Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Bob Ladouceur owns some of the most remarkable records of any coach in football history. His blueprint for success is one well worth reading.”
—Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
“Coach Ladouceur has found a formula for winning that is unparalleled.”
—Seahawks coach Pete Carroll
“Coach Ladouceur built a program based on the daily pursuit of excellence in all aspects of life. It is truly an inspirational story, and this book captures the essence of it all.”
—Cowboys coach Jason Garrett
“His ability to communicate lessons to his players while helping them understand what is ultimately important in life makes this book an absolute must-read.
—UCLA coach Jim Mora
“Coach Lad did much more than just win football games. He developed quality young men, and this book gives great insight into that process.”
—USC coach Steve Sarkisian
“Bob Ladouceur has proven that developing young men, winning championships, and having a program with substance are not exclusive of one another. He is a teacher, a coach, a mentor and is a great example for all of his players and for all of us in the profession of coaching.”
— Nebraska coach Mike Riley
“Bob Ladouceur doesn’t just teach his players about football. He teaches life lessons that extend beyond the field. We can all learn from him.”
— Former 49ers and Lions coach Steve Mariucci
“No one has been more successful than Bob Ladouceur and no one knows more about the game. This is a must-read for anybody who coaches, hopes to coach or who wants to better understand the game.”
—Tom Lemming, CBS Sports