Rewind Wednesday – Justin Alumbaugh

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I’m not sure any coach in America has ever faced the pressure that Justin Alumbaugh did when he took over the powerful De La Salle High School football program in 2013 from legendary head coach Bob Ladouceur, who retired with 399 victories.

Alumbaugh knew what he was signing-up for, since he played under Ladouceur and also served as his assistant coach for more than a decade.

Two years after stepping into America’s most powerful program, that once won 151 straight games, Alumbaugh is carving his own niche with a 29-1 record that includes one state title and one runner-up finish.

On Monday, the Spartans, who finished #2 in last year’s High School Football America Top 25, were picked as our #1 team in the nation in our 2015 Preseason Top 25.

That’s the present…but today let’s rewind to January 10, 2013, when we talked with Alumbaugh about the pressure over taking-over a program that had won six USA Today “mythical” national championships.

Listen to that interview below.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.