De La Salle football: How Bob Ladouceur bobblehead became a reality

CONCORD — Bob Ladouceur is not one to draw attention to himself. In other words. the legendary former De La Salle football coach would never say, “Hey, let’s do a bobblehead of me.”

But his former player and current De La Salle head coach Justin Alumbaugh, along with other coaches on staff, though it’d be pretty cool when they bounced around promotional ideas last spring.

So Alumbaugh got the bobblehead rolling. And what he assumed was a pipedream has become a reality.

The prototype arrived Monday.

When it did, the Ladouceur bobblehead was placed in the middle of the coaches’ office for all to see and … laugh.

“It’s pretty cool,” Alumbaugh said.

The date of the Bobblehead Night hasn’t been officially set, but the hope is that it will be Oct. 5 against Monte Vista, according to Alumbaugh.

Ladouceur can’t believe it’s happening.

“When it was initially thought of — ‘Hey, we got have a Bobblehead Night for Ladouceur’ — I thought, ‘Yeah, right,’” Ladouceur said Monday night. “But I’ll be damned if they didn’t follow through on it and make it happen. Kind of surprised to me.

“Behind the scenes, they kept after it, and they didn’t really keep me in the loop. Then it just showed up today. Everybody was all stoked about it. Laughing and thought it was pretty funny.”

What did the ol’ coach think?

“It looked pretty good,” said Ladouceur, who remains on staff as an assistant. “Could be a lot worse. Everybody that’s seen it said, ‘Hey, that’s a good job. It looks like you.’”

The picture of the coach — who stepped aside in January 2013 after a state-record 399 wins, 28 North Coast Section championships and five state titles — and his bobblehead became an instant hit on social media.

“I’m getting texts from guys who didn’t play football, getting texts from everybody.” Alumbaugh said. “Getting texts from an alum who played soccer, saying, ‘How do I get one of those things?’”

The school has ordered 1,000 of them.

“I’m not really sure how we’re giving those up yet,” Alumbaugh said. “That’s for better promotional minds than me. I’ve got to keep aside a few because I’m getting hit up by a lot of the guys who coached with him over the years. We’re to do something that’s going to get our alumni involved. I think we’re going to do a student giveaway for some students who win some sort of certain challenge.

“It developed over the summer. It actually happened pretty quick. Now we’re sort of scrambling to figure out what to do. We start school next week. We’re going to get the students involved to come up with some ideas to kind a get them fired up.”

Until then, the bobblehead prototype is another reason for the coaches to laugh and tease.

“I don’t know what I was thinking,” Ladouceur said. “I was kind of thinking they want to do something, kind of honor me in a funny way. Our coaches office is kind of a place that you don’t want to be if you’re easily offended or you have delicate sensibility. When we get in there by ourselves, it’s like everybody is a target. It’s a fun place to be, but there are some crazy ideas that get kicked around a lot of times. This was one of them.

“Justin is the guy who kind of led this whole thing. Of all the things that he’s concerned about, I didn’t think that would be one of them. He’s a good multitasker.”

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