In high school football, there are very few programs like De La Salle and very few high school football coaches like Bob Ladouceur, who not only went 399-25-3 in his 34 years at the helm of the Spartans, but built a football dynasty unlike anything seen in high school athletics.
So, it's fair to say that his shoes are going to be awfully hard to fill. As the San Jose Mercury News explains, that's where Justin Alumbaugh, a former DLS linebacker and tight end from the late 1990s, comes in. Alumbaugh, who was a walk-on baseball player at UCLA, will be taking over the reins of a program widely expected to be one of the, if not the, top-ranked program in the nation, the same program that gave us the most explosive running back in the Blue and Gold for the past decade, our very own Maurice Jones-Drew.
Hopefully, Coach Mora can leverage not only MJD's Bruin credentials, but Alumbaugh's apparent love for Westwood (look no further than the Mercury News' attached picture gallery to see Coach 'Baugh, as he's known at DLS, rocking his blue and gold UCLA ball cap), and open up a pipeline to the Northern California power.
Great to see a solid guy and Bruin take over one of the best programs in high school football. But boy, does he have a tough act to follow, so good luck Justin.