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Bob grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduated 7th in his HS class, earned Phi Beta Kappa at Univ of NC, and graduated summa cum laude from Penn State. Ten years later, he attained his masters in 1984 in a singular Psychology program at Sonoma State University in California.
Bob has coached or taught swimming since he first lifeguarded right after HS. He coached competitively from 1977-1982/4 and from 2002-present. Both these stints to coaching involved taking teams from little or nothing to becoming truly competitive. He's had 21 FLAG Champions, 2 Florida Swimmers-of-the-Year, more than 30 nationally ranked swims by his students. He's also taught privately nationally ranked age group and masters swimmers over the years.
Personally Bob swam to 5th in the world in the masters 40-44 age group 100 meter breaststroke in 1993. He was also world ranked in 4 other events that year, while attaining national rankings in multiple years. Further, he organized and swam on 2 masters relay teams that set national records in 1994.