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High School Coach Rick Desclouds taught students important lessons in sport…and life

Posted: May 31, 2019

By Martin Cleary

When it comes to winning championships in a wide range of sports involving elementary school-aged children, Rick Desclouds has an enviable and golden record.

But, he insists, there’s no magic formula.

It’s all about common sense and letting the young boys and girls enter, embrace and experience the sporting activity.

Desclouds, who retired as a dedicated teacher/coach after 37 years at Glashan Public School in downtown Ottawa, has amassed an inconceivable 112 Ottawa board championships in volleyball, basketball, track and field, cross-country running, touch football, flag football, gymnastics, badminton and soccer.

We also can’t forget his numerous championship titles as a baseball manager in the Pinecrest Little League program or as a community hockey coach in his early years behind the bench inside Lions Arena.

And now his sports coaching career will hit a crescendo on May 31 as he will be inducted into the Ottawa Sport …

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