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LaDouceur Resigns Girls’ Tennis Coaching Position, Lunak Hired

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                                

June 1, 2020

LaDouceur Resigns Girls’ Tennis Coaching Position, Lunak Hired

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Greg LaDouceur has resigned as the head girls’ tennis coach at Red River High School. LaDouceur is retiring from teaching at Century Elementary School this school year, and following nine years as a head girls’ tennis coach at Red River and 30 years coaching tennis for Grand Forks Public Schools.

While serving as the head boys’ tennis coach at Red River, LaDouceur took over the head girls’ tennis coach in 2012. In his nine years as a head coach, which includes the COVID-19 canceled 2020 season, LaDouceur won five state team championships and four conference championships. During that time, he also coached five state singles champions and five state doubles champions. 

LaDouceur was named the North Dakota High School Coaches Association (NDHSCA) Coach of the Year in 2017 and earned the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award in 2012. He was inducted into the NDHSCA Hall of Fame in 2016 and earned the UND Thomas Clifford Alumni Award for excellence as a coach in 2018.

Josh Lunak, previously a girls’ tennis assistant coach and the new head boys’ tennis coach at Red River, has been hired as the head girls’ tennis coach at Red River.

“While it’s easy to list the numbers of matches and titles that Coach LaDouceur has lead the Roughrider teams to, his actual impact on the school and the program is immeasurable,” said Mark Rerick, athletic director at Grand Forks Public Schools. “His passion for the individual growth of the athletes was never more evident than during this challenging 2020 season. Even knowing that this was his last season with the team, Coach LaDouceur continued seeking new methods of connecting with and challenging his players. His passion for the sport and dedication to the kids is constantly on display.”

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