Year Inducted: 2011
Bob graduated from Troy High School in 1972 after earning a record 12 varsity letters (4 in cross country, 4 in track, 4 in wrestling). He placed in the top 12 at the WOL cross country meet all four years and was league track champion in the two mile.
He continued his running career at Miami University (Ohio), earning three letters in both cross country and track. He was a Mid American Conference scholar athlete as a senior with a best time of 9:12 in the 3000 meter steeplechase. He was team captain as a senior and recorded times of 25:32 for 5 miles and 30:48 for 6 miles. His PR’s in college include 9:09 (2 miles), 14:45 (5000), 31:30 (10,000).
As a master’s competitor in the steeplechase, Bob won the USATF National Championship in 1995 in the 40-44 age group and again in 2004 in the 50-54 age group.
Bob began coaching track and cross country at Troy in 1977. The boys cross country team qualified to the state meet in 1979 and 1988. He began the high school girls team in 1979, with the junior high girls team following in 1980 and the boys junior high program a year later. In 1984, he coached Nessa Arnold as she finished 2nd to Kristy Orre at the district cross country meet on her way to a 4th place finish at state. Nessa then finished 2nd a year later at state. In the fall of 2004 Bob coached Levi Fox to a 2nd place finish at the state cross country meet and an All-American 10th place finish at the Foot Locker Championships in San Diego, CA. Levi won the state HS track 3200 meter title in the spring. Bob has been the head cross country coach at Troy from 1977-1988 and 1994-present.
Bob continues to compete in area road races running a sub 18:00 5K at age 57 in 2011.