A graduate member of the Appleton High School Class of 1952, lettering in football and track.
After high school Bob attended college at Lawrence University where he earned a degree in education and lettered in football, wrestling, and track. Some of his college athletic honors included being selected MVP and co-captain of his football team as well as being a Little All-American selection in football. His three sport collegiate career was highlighted when he was voted "Outstanding Senior Athlete".
In 1956, Bob accepted a teaching position in Tomahawk where he taught high school math until his retirement in 1992. During Bob's 35 years of teaching in the Tomahawk School District (with one year taken off to complete his master's degree), he served as teacher, math department chairman, chief negotiator for the teacher's union, and as coach of four different high school sports.
Bob's coaching career spanned 22 of his 35 year teaching career. In football, he served as both varsity or assistant coach for nine seasons. Bob was freshmen coach for three seasons in the basketball program and was an important part of two conference championships. He started the high school and youth wrestling programs while serving as varsity coach for eight seasons. His hard work resulted in two conference championships. His longest coaching assignment was in track which resulted in three conference championships over 22 seasons. Track responsibilities included being part of a coaching staff that handled both the boys' and girls' program one season.