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Prep Report - Flying Under the Radar

by: Jamie DeMoney
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TERRY EIDSON: A LARGE PART
OF DE LA SALLEíS TRADITION
Much has been said and much has been written about the football program at De La Salle in Concord, CA. The Spartans and coach Bob Ladouceur won a national-record 151 straight games and six National Prep Poll titles from 1992-2003.
Although De La Salle has developed a handful of NFL players and its share of college stars, Ladouceur gets more acclaim for his ability to exact every last drop of ability out of his players who arenít Division I material. Ladouceur will be the first to tell you the most important word in a Spartanís vocabulary is teamwork. It shows on the field, and on the sideline in the relationship he has with his staff.

Terry Eidson is Ladouceurís defensive coordinator and De La Salleís athletics director. He has been by Ladouceurís side every step of the way as the program evolved from never having a winning record in 12 seasons to one that, a little more than a decade later, didnít lose a game for 12 seasons. Together, they have also created a tradition of stone wall defensive units that have allowed opponents less than 10 points per game since í92.

While Ladouceur is the face of the De La Salle program, Eidson is the voice of it. Ladouceur is modest, quiet Ė almost stoic Ė and no more likely to waste a word in conversation than he is a moment on the practice field. On the other hand, Eidson is gregarious and talkative.

As AD, Eidson is also most responsible for scheduling the games that have cemented De La Salleís national reputation. Wins over power clubs from Louisiana, Hawaii and every corner of California earned the Spartans lofty national rankings and made their winning streak all the more impressive.

PR The Prep Report
By Jamie DeMoney

READER FEEDBACK
Each issue, the Prep Report profiles the top coaches and success stories in high school football from across the nation. With your help, we will continue to make this a strong feature in every issue of AFM. Please email us your comments and story ideas related to high school football at PrepReport@AmericanFootballMonthly.com. We might use some or all of your comments in future issues of AFMís Prep Report.

PREP FACT
John McKissick, 79,
the winningest high school
coach in prep history,
goes into the 2006 season
with 531 wins, all at
Summerville HS (SC).





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