Ike Football Legend Bob Lantzy Retires: Share Your Favorite Moments

Tell us what you'll miss most about Eisenhower football Coach Bob Lantzy.

As an alumna and former Bob Lantzy student, the news of his retirement from football Wednesday, marks the end of an era and comes with mixed emotions.

I immediately feel happiness for Lantzy’s wife Joan, and for the many more hours she’ll gain with her 65-year-old husband who retired from teaching at Ike a few years ago, and sadness for all the former students who have such fond memories of the winning coach and the future students who will never Lantzy's infectious enthusiasm.

Lantzy has as the only coach in the .

On Wednesday evening, at a postseason banquet at, Lantzy handed out awards and thanked the coaching staff for a great year. He announced his retirement at the end of the speech, according to The Macomb Daily.

He also announced the retirement of three Eagles jersey numbers: No. 17 for Joe Youngblood; No. 13 for Joe DiGiorgio and No. 47 for , MI Prep Zone reported.

Lantzy is going out with a bang after leading the varsity team to the championship plus and this season.

John Hetzler December 01, 2011 at 04:36 PM
My favorite moments: 1. When Coach Lantzy inspired his team before the 2000 state semifinals against Catholic Central by sharing a Detroit Free Press article of his exploits as a high school player for Notre Dame. 2. Watching Coach Lantzy kick a field goal during pregame warmups.
Erin Ronayne Youngblood December 01, 2011 at 04:44 PM
It was a wonderful banquet last night. I was there to watch my husband Joe Youngblood have his jersey retired-but we ended up enjoying all the incredible memories that were shared and enjoying the recap of this fabulous season! Coach Lantzy is a wonderful man and means so much to my husband and his family. It is an honor for our family to be a part of his incredible legacy. Congratulations Coach on the 300th win and all your accomplishments.
Marina Cracchiolo December 01, 2011 at 06:55 PM
I remember in high school how much the teen players respected coach Lantzy. His word was golden to the young men.
Paula VanDenBrouck December 01, 2011 at 07:01 PM
As a dance team member, Coach Lantzy would always allow us to practice on the field, taking time out of him teams warm-up. And he never made us feel like we didn't deserve our time as much as his team. He is a great man who leaves a lasting impression on Eisenhower High School
Steve h January 29, 2013 at 05:07 AM
We were at practice and some people didn't seem to know the play that we were running. He tells me Steve go in the huddle and if they don't know this play you shoot em dead. He was obviously joking but I couldn't stop laughing. He was a great coach and brought the best out of his players. He would always preech playing at the highest level.


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