After 36 years as the head football coach at Camdenton High School, hall-of-famer Bob Shore says it took him two days to decide to retire. Shore announced his retirement at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in a meeting with the 2011 Lakers and coaching staff.
"I decided—I don't have a reason, I just felt like it was time," Shore said.
Over 36 years, Shore's Camdenton teams averaged nine wins per season. The Lakers won five Missouri state championships. Shore's 367 career coaching victories rank him second all-time in football wins on Missouri soil. Only Jefferson City's Pete Adkins coached more victorious games (405).
Accolades aside, Shore made a point to thank any player who ever played for one of his teams for what he described as "a great ride."
The early morning meeting, he said, was brief a brief but emotional moment with the team.
"To me, that's what it's about. It's all about players. The meeting was about the players," Shore said. "That was the most difficult part by far. That was the part, one thing, that would probably keep me in coaching."
For more on Bob Shore's retirement, see Thursday's Lake Sun.