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Putting Closure On A 151-Game Winning Streak: Lessons Learned From Two Championship Programs

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© October, 2005

by Hank Schrader
Former Defensive Coordinator, Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Wash.

THIS IS A STORY of excellence. De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., was the nationís No. 1 ranked high school with a 151-game winning streak. Their head coach, Bob Ladouceur, has had his efforts chronicled in books, films, business magazines and has received well-deserved national attention for masterminding the longest winning streak in sports history. 

Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Wash., had won three state championships in the last four seasons prior to their meeting with De La Salle and were led by head coach Butch Gonchroff.

These two highly respected high school teams met in a game played in front of almost 25,000 fans at Quest Field, in Seattle, Wash., home of the NFLís Seattle Seahawks. Bellevue defeated De La Salle 39-20, but this game is really a story about what young men (on both teams) can achieve when they are willing to sacrifice to meet their goals. It is the story of how football coaches can change young menís lives forever to make them better people.

Gridiron Strategies wrote about De La Salle in the December 2003/January 2004 issue (page 20). This article listed 8 strategies for suc ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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