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Bob Ladouceur is looking relaxed these days, comfortable with his new role as De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) running backs coach.

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Bob Ladouceur

He might be taking on some new and bigger responsibilities: Helping out with the San Francisco 49ers.

According to a report from Matt Maiocco of, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reached out to the Hall of Fame coach who compiled 399 wins and at least eight mythical national championships before stepping down in January.

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Ladouceur is still a big part of the De La Salle program and will coach the varsity running backs this season and be on the sideline for every game. He stepped down from his head coaching duties in January after the Spartans won their fourth straight California Open Division Bowl Game title.

According to the report, Harbaugh asked Ladouceur about possibly helping the 49ers in a consultant capacity concerning "team dynamics."

Ladouceur, 58, has been at all the De La Salle spring practices and workouts and is fitting in perfectly with his new role, said new head coach Justin Alumbaugh, who is also one of the legendary coach's best friends. De La Salle figures to battle for another mythical national crown in 2013.

"He's still my mentor, he still sits two feet away and every day before we walk out to the field he gives me another tid-bit to think about," Alumbaugh said Thursday after workouts. "I think he's happy in his new role. He seems a more spry. This is a well-earned change in roles. I think he's enjoying and embracing it and seems a lot less wound up."

Calls to Ladouceur have not yet been returned.