Bob Shore: Football, winning, wisdom

 

Third in all-time coaching victories in Missouri

 

In 2010, Camdenton Laker Football Coach Bob Shore was bestowed an honor few coaches experience. The stadium where he spent countless hours coaching and mentoring young men, renamed in his honor. 

For years fans referred to the Camdenton High School stadium as the "Jaws of Death," but after a long and winning career, the stadium was changed to reflect the time and commitment of Bob Shore. Now when the Camdenton Lakers charge the gridiron, they take the field in a stadium named after the man who put their football team on the map. 

Welcome to "Bob Shore Stadium, Home of the Lakers." 

Bob Shore is considered by many to be a legend. The type of coach few players have the honor of playing for and being mentored by. 

Shore's coaching resume reads like the stuff of dreams. In his years on the Lakers' sideline, Shore coached Camdenton to five state championships, nine undefeated seasons and 23 district titles. Shore was the Southwest Missouri "Coach of the Century," and was elected to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He is second on the all-time Missouri high school football coaching wins list, trailing only Jefferson City High School's Pete Adkins. 

His all-time record stands at 358-94-3, which makes him third all-time in coaching victoriers in Missouri and, at one time, was the winningest active coach in the state. Shore took the Lakers to five state championships, with the most recent state title in 2005. 

In the fall of 1975, he took the head coaching position at Camdenton High School and remained there until his retirement in 2011. Shore's Camdenton teams averaged nine wins per season. 

For 35 years, his name has been synonymous with winning, wisdom and Camdenton football. While many will still refer to the Lakers' house as the "Jaws of Death," the home turf now officially rests in Bob Shore Stadium, Home of the Lakers. 

Jason Whittle: To bigger and better 

After hanging up his shoulder pads at the end of the 2008 season, the former offensive guard for the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills brought his family back to the lake area. 

Ex-NFL athlete Jason Whittle may be one of the most well-known athletes to go on to play professional sports. Whittle went on from Camdenton to play college football at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State University). 

In 1995, he won the Arthur Briggs Award for being an outstanding scholar athlete. He was originally signed by the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 1998. He was part of New York Giants teams that won two NFC East titles in 2000 and 2005. 

After college, Whittle played 12 seasons in the nFL. The former offensive guard continues to call the lake area home along with his wife and children. 

Whittle graduated from Camdenton in 1993.