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Bruins’ Plourde resigns as coach

Friday, April 9, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:12 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bob Plourde always did what he thought was best for his team and this was no different.

Plourde announced his resignation as girls’ basketball coach at Rock Bridge on Thursday.

After finishing the season 6-19, Plourde said he felt that he was no longer helping the team. Plourde, who has spent the past four seasons at Rock Bridge, also coached at Monroe City.

“At the end of the season I had a tough time getting motivated to go to practice,” he said. “The desire was not there, and I knew that if I couldn’t go 100 percent I’d be hurting the girls. I’ve been coaching for 21 years, so it may have been burnout. I just don’t know.”

Despite those feelings, Plourde said that the decision was not a quick one.

“I wanted to wait a couple of weeks to see if I could get pumped back up for next season, but it didn’t happen,” he said.

Plourde's school schedule keeps him busy

Plourde had been juggling a busy schedule. He is also the sophomore and senior dean at Rock Bridge.

Vicki Reimler, Rock Bridge athletic director, said she knew Plourde had weighed his options carefully.

“It’s obvious, being in late April, that it was a hard decision for him to make,” she said. “A number of things factored in for him. His administrative duties and his coaching duties were hard to balance, plus it’s getting to a point where he wants to spend more time with his family.”

After telling his family and Reimler, the first people Plourde told about about his resignation were his players. Plourde said that telling his team was the hardest part.

“I wanted to make sure they knew that it wasn’t their fault,” he said. “I told them all that they had done nothing wrong and that they deserved better. Those girls have got talent, and they’re going to be real good next year.”

Ashley Guy, a senior guard for the Bruins, said she was impressed with how Plourde handled the situation.

“He said that he wanted to us to hear it from him and not when we went home and turned on the TV,” she said. “I really have a lot of respect for him for that.”

Guy said that the move did not shock her.

“With the way that the year went, I wasn’t super surprised,” she said. “I think it’s sad though, because I had four awesome years. I’m not going to be back on the team next year since I’m graduating, but it’ll be depressing when I come back to watch games because it just won’t be the same.”


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