Bob had two main passions – education and football.
As a player, he learned the basics of the game suiting up for the Notre Dame Jugglers of BC High School Football and the CYO of the Big 4 Junior League. He would attend both UBC and SFU and obtained a teaching degree. He would begin his coaching career and teaching career at Vancouver College before returning to Notre Dame.
After a stint at Notre Dame, Bob would then move to SFU where he would serve as an assistant coach before taking over as head coach. He would be there for a 10-year period and was part of what was known as the golden period for SFU football. In 1970, serving as an assistant coach under the legendary Lorne Davies, he helped guide the team to an undefeated 8-0 season. In total, under his tutelage, 31 players from the Clan program went on to play in the CFL including the likes of Lui Passaglia, Glen Jackson and Nick Hebeler.
Bob would move back to the high school ranks in 1980 becoming head coach at Vancouver College, before moving on to become the founding principal and head football coach at Holy Cross Secondary in Surrey in 1982. He would remain at Holy Cross until retiring in 2010.
Bob not only oversaw the development of many great players who would make their mark on professional football, but also developed many individuals who would go on to give back to football in the province at the high school level, many of whom have become legends and hall-of-famers in their own right including the likes of Denis Kelly, George Oswald, Tom Kudaba, Frank Roberto, Shawn Olson and Jay Prepchuk.