Bob LaPointe, 1945 – 2012
Born November 5, 1945, two months after the end of World War II, LaPointe was a 1969 EMU graduate. From 1974 through 1977, LaPointe was the head coach at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan, where his team went undefeated and won a state championship in 1975.
In 1978, newly hired EMU head coach Mike Stock brought LaPointe to the university. Three games into the 1982 season Stock was fired, immediately after losing his twenty-second consecutive game, then longest losing streak in the country. LaPointe was named the interim head coach, and the school immediately began a nationwide search for a new coach. The team received widespread attention for their various attempts to end the streak, which included “bringing a coffin to the locker room before the game…as a reminder to ‘kill the streak'”, and hiring a local hypnotist. The team lost his first five games as head coach, two by a single point each, before defeating Kent State 9-7, ending a school-record 27-game losing streak that had lasted more than two years. For the following season, Jim Harkema was brought in as head coach.
In the mid-1980s, LaPointe coached high school football at Notre Dame Preparatory in Pontiac, Michigan, before going to Belleville High School in Belleville, Michigan, where he remaining for nearly 20 years until his retirement in 2010. While at Belleville High School he coached eventual NFL players Kris Jenkins, Cullen Jenkins, and Ian Gold.
According to EMU, there was a visitation last night, and will be another from 3-9 p.m. today at Vermeulen Funeral Home (46401 W Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth). The funeral service will be tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Ward Presbyterian Church (40000 Six Mile Road) in Northville. Memorial contributions may be made to Belleville High School Football (501 W Columbia, Belleville, MI).