THE 200-WIN CLUB

It's that time of the year when the heat can blaze and we spend much of our time updating state records. Sports in the fall get updated first and one thing we've always wanted to do was expand our list of the state's all-time winningest football coaches to include all with 200 reported wins or more.

Coaches at the high school level shouldn't spend much energy thinking about their win-loss record. Says who? Would you believe that's the opinion of Bob Ladouceur, the football coach at De La Salle of Concord who has guided his teams to 138 straight wins and has only endured one loss on his record since 1990.

In talking about his own success in a story that will appear soon in the Student Sports/SportingNews 2003 High School Football annual, Ladouceur said he believes the wins and losses are merely a byproduct of what a coach does each and every day in teaching and developing his teams and players.

Most highly-successful football coaches we've ever talked to have had similar feelings and many have no clue what their career win-loss records even are in the first place. They often leave it up to others -- like us, other statisticians, and in some cases other family members -- to figure it all out and report the totals.

With that in mind, it's still fun to look over lists of coaches with milestone wins. And the milestone win in the high school ranks that seems to begin to really distinquish a career of longevity and success is No. 200.

When we've previously compiled and released the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book and Almanac, we weren't able to go deep enough to include each and every coach in our files with 200 wins or more. But since we've better learned how to research names on the internet, since we usually receive phone calls every time a coach in the state starts to approach the 200 total and since we don't have to worry so much about the cost of printing pages in a book, we've now extended the coaching list deeper than it ever has been before.

The previously mentioned Ladouceur is a great place to start on the all-time state list. He now has 274 wins since 1979 and last season moved in front of former Saratoga coach Benny Pierce into the top five.

Last season alone, four coaches joined the 200-win club: Mike Marrujo from Valencia of Placentia, Bill Craven from Pacifica of Garden Grove, Mike Wimberley from Valley Christian of Cerritos and Ed Burke from Torrey Pines of San Diego.

We'd be remiss in not once again mentioning the death of longtime Woodlake coach Leo Robinson last season. He won his 290th game in early October to move into the No. 3 spot on the all-time state list, but then suffered a stroke and never regained consciousness. Robinson died two weeks later at age 67.

Coaches on the 200-win list who have retired after the 2002 season are John Shacklett of San Diego Morse and Mike Wimberley of Valley Christian.

Here's the new, updated list at it now looks:

Most All-Time Coaching Wins

(Varsity only; within the state only)

335 — Herb Meyer, Oceanside, 1959-1975 & Oceanside El Camino, 1976-2002 (143 losses, 14 ties) (current)
321 — Marijon Ancich, Santa Fe Springs St. Paul, 1961-1981, 1993-2002 & Tustin, 1984-1992 (115 losses, 10 ties)
290 — Leo Robinson, Woodlake, 1962-2002 (127 losses, 11 ties)
289 — Gene Vollnogle, Wilmington Banning, 1957-1962 & Carson, 1963-1990 (73 losses, 1 tie)
274 — Bob Ladouceur, Concord De La Salle, 1979-2002 (14 losses, 1 tie) (current)
269 — Benny Pierce, Saratoga, 1961-1994 (84 losses, 4 ties)
267 — Gary Campbell, Banning, 1969 & Norco, 1970-2002 (113 losses, 4 ties) (current)
259 — Larry Welsh, Gonzales, 1966-1975 & Atascadero, 1979-1996 (56 losses, 9 ties)
249 — Steve Grady, L.A. Loyola, 1976-2002 (71 losses, 6 ties) (current)
244 — Dan Shaughnessy, Berkeley St. Mary's, 1964-65 & Richmond Salesian, 1968-1984 & Berkeley St. Mary's, 1985-2000 (117 losses, 4 ties)
243 — Dwayne DeSpain, Hacienda Heights Los Altos, 1967-1996 (94 losses, 10 ties)
243 — John Monger, Chino Don Lugo, 1972-1986 & Chino, 1987-2002 (90 losses, 10 ties) (current)
241 — Bennie Edens, San Diego Point Loma, 1955-1997 (168 losses, 16 ties)
238 — Dick Bruich, Fontana, 1977-1998 & Fontana Kaiser, 2000-2002 (65 losses, 3 ties) (current)
235 — Don Markham, Sepulveda L.A. Baptist, 1970-72 & Colton, 1973-1983 & La Puente Bishop Amat, 1984 & Riverside Ramona, 1986-88 & Bloomington, 1994-97, 2002 & Lawndale Leuzinger, 1999 & Rialto, 2000-01 (74 losses, 1 tie) (current at Bloomington)
233 — Ron Calcagno, Mountain View St. Francis, 1972-1995 (59 losses, 3 ties)
229 — John Shacklett, San Diego Morse, 1971-2002 (118 losses, 9 ties)
225 — Jim Blewett, Fresno, 1921-25 & L.A. Manual Arts, 1926-1938, 1941, 1947-1963 (70 losses, 16 ties)
225 — Tim Simons, Lennox & Fresno Roosevelt & Clovis, 1975-1999 (70 losses, 7 ties)
224 — Wayne Schneider, Tracy, 1965-1972, 1977-1994 (59 losses, 5 ties)
222 — Al Cementina, San Jose Lick, 1954-1975 & San Jose Independence, 1976-1988 (91 losses, 9 ties)
220 — Ned Permenter, Bakersfield Foothill, 1965-2001 (220-157-9)
219 — Bob Reid, Anderson, 1970-1999 (losses, ties not reported)
219 — John Barnes, Anaheim Magnolia, 1978 & Los Alamitos, 1979-2002 (60 losses, 6 ties) (current)
217 — Ed Lloyd, Santa Rosa Cardinal Newman, 1966-1985 & Santa Rosa Piner, 1986-1991 & Sebastopol Analy, 1994-95 (64 losses, 9 ties)
215 — Tom Zunino, Vacaville, 1961-1997 (141 losses, 11 ties)
212 — Jim Arnaiz, La Mesa Helix, 1972-1999 (losses, ties not reported)
209 — Paul Briggs, Bakersfield, 1953-1985 (99 losses, 12 ties)
207 — Dwight "Goldie" Griffith, Bakersfield, 1908-1942, 1945 (50 losses, 27 ties)
206 — Mike Marrujo, Placentia Valencia, 1979-2002 (206-79-5) (current) 205 — Bill Craven, Garden Grove Pacifica, 1974-2002 (205-89-8) (current)
204 — Mike Wimberley, Cerritos Valley Christian, 1975-2002 (losses, ties not reported)
202 — Ed Burke, King City, 1974 & Taft, 1974-1979 & San Diego Torrey Pines, 1980-1984, 1991-2002 & Encinitas San Dieguito, 1985-1989 (88 losses, 5 ties) (current)

Notes: Dick Haines finished 195-84-1 at Vista (1970-1994), but his career record including West Virginia and Ohio was reported at 320-126-12 (43 years)
. Don Markham is 279-83-1 includung five Oregon seasons of 1990-93 & 1998 (31 years).
Paul Briggs was 240-106-12 including Colorado and Wyoming seasons (37 years).
Jim Ingram (Washington Fremont), John Tyree (coached in 2002 at Fontana A.B. Miller) & Brent Newcomb (Lancaster Antelope Valley) may be over 200 career wins and are not reported.
Perhaps the next to get to 200 is Kevin Rooney from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. He starts his 24th season in 2003 with mark of 193-82-5.

More updated coaching records have been added in the state football records section of this site. Newcomers include Greg Cano from Los Altos of Hacienda Heights, Gordon Wood of La Mesa Helix and Harry Welch from Canyon of Canyon Country. To check out our complete state football records section, we ask you to consider becoming a total access subscriber to this site and to TheInsiders.com network.


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