The 63-7 win over Clayton High School on Friday, Sept. 21, marked head football Coach Mike Tarpey’s 100th win for the Ladue Rams.
This high volume of wins as a head coach shows program success over an extended period of time. This football season is Coach Tarpey’s 12th year as head coach. According to Activities Director Nick Gianino, it is extremely rare to achieve this number of wins in this amount of time. However, Coach Tarpey doesn’t seem to focus on the final score.
“It may sound like a cliche, but I don’t believe Coach Tarpey cares about winning games,” Gianino said. “He truly cares about the holistic development, individual and team growth, teaching life lessons and preparing his student-athletes for life after high school. He is committed to the process, focuses on details and holds his program accountable to his expectation of excellence.”
During Coach Tarpey’s tenure, the team has accumulated seven conference championships, seven district championships, three Final Four appearances, one state championship appearance (finished 2nd in the 2017-18 season) and 101 total wins.
This season, for the first time, he and his players have had the chance to hold practices on their brand new turf field. The team has been displaced during the Ladue Horton Watkins High School renovation over the past few seasons. An expansion to this project includes the addition of a turf field, an all-purpose track and grandstands. The stadium will also boast lights for the first time. The complete stadium expansion project is expected to be ready for spring sports, but in the meantime, the turf field is complete, and the players are taking advantage of their brand new home field.