“That‘s why we play, you by no means know what’s going to occur,” stated LaDoucer.
“I might go and watch state in sixth grade. We positively knew who ‘Douce’ was and he was somebody that you simply robotically revered as a result of he handled the gamers nicely and he knew a lot concerning the recreation. It made him a determine that you simply actually wished to play for,” stated Crimson River junior Claire Huebner.
After greater than 30 years of teaching expertise within the Grand Forks space, LaDoucer was able to tackle a brand new position in 2021. Retirement.
“I knew I used to be going to be finished on the finish of final season. There have been so many unknowns with the spring season arising, whether or not we had been going to have our season or not. I felt actually, actually unhealthy for our seniors on our workforce in fact and everyone else within the state that didn’t get to do their spring sports activities,” stated LaDoucer.
Then final season didn’t occur
“I didn’t get an opportunity to be with my ladies that I had for six years, my seniors, didn’t actually get an opportunity to say goodbye to them. There wasn’t any closure, there have been so many what ifs,” stated LaDoucer.
Regardless of greater than 40 mixed state workforce titles between Central and Crimson River and a whole bunch of athletes he’s helped produce, Greg wanted closure.
“No fault of anyone, simply what occurred with the pandemic. I suppose I felt cheated as nicely, not the best way I wished to finish my teaching profession. Then the autumn got here round and I wasn’t teaching the boys seasons and I wasn’t instructing and there have been a variety of feelings occurring,” stated LaDoucer.
Josh Lunak was already named the brand new head coach for the Roughriders, however he was nonetheless in want of an assistant.
“I ended up calling Greg to see if he knew of any former gamers that will be fascinated about being my full time assistant coach,” stated Lunak.
“He was truly calling me I feel to see if my son can be his assistant coach, as a result of he had performed tennis for six years for me. Nicely my son wasn’t capable of do it, so he stated how about you? I stated yeah. It didn’t take me lengthy to say yea,” stated LaDoucer.
“He sort of supplied me the pinnacle job on the time and I stated ‘oh, completely not’. I stated that is your program. I might be very happy to assist, be your assistant, and he didn’t like that concept of being the assistant. Perhaps as a result of he is aware of I’ve been round for thus lengthy. So he stated ‘how about co-head coach’ and I stated I might try this,” stated LaDoucer.
“After I referred to as him, he ended up telling me that he was fascinated about filling that assistant teaching place. I used to be pleasantly shocked and excited to supply him that, however then I used to be considering he most likely has over 30 years of head teaching expertise. It’s going to be sort of awkward if he was the assistant and I used to be the pinnacle,” added Lunak.
So as an alternative, Lunak and LaDoucer are tackling the pinnacle teaching position collectively.
“Form of a great cop, unhealthy cop. I’m nonetheless fairly intense out right here, he’s slightly bit extra mellow. Perhaps he’ll get slightly bit extra intense as he will get older, sort of like I did. However we sort of complement one another very nicely,” stated LaDoucer.
“We each have the identical teaching philosophy. We’ve a variety of the identical concepts. We bounce issues off one another and it really works very well,” stated Lunak.
LaDoucer is aware of that this season is rather a lot like match level. He says he gained’t be returning full time subsequent yr, however his ardour for the sport will at all times be on the courtroom.
“I cannot hesitate to come back over and feed balls. Though he’s (Lunak) been pushing me fairly arduous to come back again. I simply do not know if I can try this. It’s fairly rewarding to know he wished me again in this system,” stated LaDoucer.
LaDoucer retired from instructing final yr as nicely. He says that he shall be spending his future springs up north serving to on his household farm, whereas additionally persevering with to work in actual property.