Bob grew up in Eugene, Oregon and competed at the University of Oregon from 1963-1967. He continued to be mentored by Bill Bowerman for many years following. Bob uses the same coaching principles and practices of overload and adaptation that he was taught, as well as the latest in sports science to provide the individual athlete with a blue print for success.
As a competitive athlete, Bob was the 1967 PAC-8 Steeplechase Champion and an All-American in 1967 in the 3000 m Steeplechase. He also competed in the 1968 (5th) and 1972 USA Olympic Trials in the Steeplechase.
Bob has been the Assistant Track and Cross Country Coach at Concordia University since 2010. In that time he has coached eight NAIA All-American Men and Women runners from 600 m through 3000 m, the 3000 m Steeplechase, and an 800 m National Champion.
Among some of Bob’s accomplishments as a coach over the past 40 years: 14 men and women to the USA Olympic Marathon Trials; 10 State High School Champions from the 800 m to 3000; one athlete to the 4th fastest 800 m runner in the USA at 1:47.6 (2009); another athlete to an American record of 9:49.43 in the 3000 m Steeplechase (2001); and yet another athlete to a National USATF 1st place.