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LaPointe retires after stellar career

 

               The Belleville Tigers’ football team will have something new for the first time since the early 1990s. Longtime head coach Bob LaPointe has stepped down and decided to retire.


                LaPointe has been coaching at Belleville for nearly 20 years and has a coaching tenure of 42 years.


                “I have been kicking around the idea of retiring for awhile,” LaPointe, who had retired as a teacher from the Van Buren School District a few years ago, said in a phone interview while on vacation in Traverse City. “I talked about it with Rod (athletic director Rod Fisher) and decided it was a good time for me to retire.”


                Over his time coaching at various high schools like Dearborn Divine Child, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Belleville he has had the opportunity to coach many players who have gone on to college and even coached a few state championship teams.


                LaPointe was also the coach at Eastern Michigan University for a time. At Belleville, he has coached future NFL players Ian Gold, Cullen Jenkins and Kris Jenkins. He has literally helped mold the lives of thousands of athletes in the area.


                The new head coach of the Tigers is a familiar coach that has been an assistant for several years within the program. His name is Matt Davenport and he a former player under LaPointe at Belleville and is excited to take over the program.


                “Matt has grown up in the program and he is a teacher at the school,” LaPointe said. “He is a bright young guy who understands the program and is full of energy.”


                LaPointe really didn’t want much fan fare made of his departure and likens it to when a teacher retires.


                “It is just like when everyone else retires,” he said. “When a good science teacher retires you don’t make a big deal out of it. You just let it go.”
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                LaPointe decided the best thing to do was to step aside and let Davenport have a chance to coach his own team.


                “I have known a lot of people over the years,” LaPointe said. “That is just a sign of getting old.”


                If you ever had a chance to watch a game that LaPointe coached you could tell he knew what he was doing for every play of the game. He was one of the area’s top generals on the high school gridiron and a true Michigan high school Hall of Fame coach.


                “I am going to miss game days,” LaPointe said. “I will also miss the camaraderie of the staff and the kids.”


 


 


 
 

               The Belleville Tigers’ football team will have something new for the first time since the early 1990s. Longtime head coach Bob LaPointe has stepped down and decided to retire.


                LaPointe has been coaching at Belleville for nearly 20 years and has a coaching tenure of 42 years.


                “I have been kicking around the idea of retiring for awhile,” LaPointe, who had retired as a teacher from the Van Buren School District a few years ago, said in a phone interview while on vacation in Traverse City. “I talked about it with Rod (athletic director Rod Fisher) and decided it was a good time for me to retire.”


                Over his time coaching at various high schools like Dearborn Divine Child, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Belleville he has had the opportunity to coach many players who have gone on to college and even coached a few state championship teams.


                LaPointe was also the coach at Eastern Michigan University for a time. At Belleville, he has coached future NFL players Ian Gold, Cullen Jenkins and Kris Jenkins. He has literally helped mold the lives of thousands of athletes in the area.


                The new head coach of the Tigers is a familiar coach that has been an assistant for several years within the program. His name is Matt Davenport and he a former player under LaPointe at Belleville and is excited to take over the program.


                “Matt has grown up in the program and he is a teacher at the school,” LaPointe said. “He is a bright young guy who understands the program and is full of energy.”


                LaPointe really didn’t want much fan fare made of his departure and likens it to when a teacher retires.


                “It is just like when everyone else retires,” he said. “When a good science teacher retires you don’t make a big deal out of it. You just let it go.”


                LaPointe decided the best thing to do was to step aside and let Davenport have a chance to coach his own team.


                “I have known a lot of people over the years,” LaPointe said. “That is just a sign of getting old.”


                If you ever had a chance to watch a game that LaPointe coached you could tell he knew what he was doing for every play of the game. He was one of the area’s top generals on the high school gridiron and a true Michigan high school Hall of Fame coach.


                “I am going to miss game days,” LaPointe said. “I will also miss the camaraderie of the staff and the kids.”


 


 


 

Detroit Sports By Bleacher Report


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