Bob has been selected to be inducted into the Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame as a Contributor to Berlin Athletics. Bob graduated from Plainville High School in 1956. His athletic mentors included Plainville Hall of Fame coaches Ivan Wood, Pat Riera , and “Ted” Knurek. He played two years of varsity football while at Plainville earning All State Honorable Mention. After graduation he pursued studies at the University of Alabama, Southern Connecticut, Central Connecticut, East Tennessee State, and the University of Hartford, earning B.A. and Master of Education degrees and a Sixth Year of Studies certificate. He then taught in the Plainville school system before relocating to Berlin where he was active in Midget Football and Babe Ruth baseball.
Bob started his involvement with the Berlin Athletic Boosters Association in the mid eighties. He was a scorer for men’s basketball, provided video services for the football program for twenty years, and was the expeditor of team champion and individual recognition plaques. He is also the curator of the athletic awards display area in the high school and a Berlin High Athletic Hall of Fame director.
George Hall, former Athletic Director and another of this years inductees, in talking about Bob, says he is one absolutely necessary person beyond paid staff that any AD must have to be successful!!. He is the one person who always gives of himself and his time to promote the betterment of student athletes and their teams!! Without such a person none of the little things get done!! Bob cares deeply and always does the thing which best serves the interest of the Berlin Athletic Community.
Jim Ouellette, former Booster Club president, had the pleasure of working with Bob for the last eight years and for most of the time he worked behind the scenes. “ The funny thing is you never thought about Bob. I say that in a good way because Bob is the guy you couldn’t do without. We never heard from Bob because he handled it, and if he wanted to talk it was because he wanted an opinion or a decision to be made that he felt should be shared. He has always taken the lead in having the plaques ready for any ceremony or banquet. I always assumed that we had a genie working on these and they magically appear at a moments notice ready to bring a smile to a recipients face. He is truly a worthy recipient of being a Hall of Fame inductee for his tireless contributions through the years.”