|Title:||Class of 1983|
Bob Pritchard, teacher, counselor and coach, devoted most of his life to WPI and to the betterment of college athletics everywhere. His name was synonymous with WPI athletics for 32 years and influenced thousands of lives during that period. Under his guidance as athletic director for 26 years the physical education and athletic departments were continually recognized for their style, quality and success.
Bob Pritchard's commitment to young people did not end with his responsibilities at WPI. He was extremely proud of his role as founder and chairman of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Drug Education Committee and its success in combatting the use of drugs by college athletes.
As football coach from 1947 to 1966 he has the most victories (60) of any head coach in the college's history. His undefeated 1954 team, widely recognized as the most dominating WPI team ever, earned him national recognition and a "Coach of the Year" nomination.
Bob's achievements and recognition are as numerous as they are legend. He was instrumental in the planning and development of Harrington Auditorium; he was inducted into both the Susquehanna University and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletic Halls of Fame; and his recent selection as the recipient of the coveted Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference's James Lynah Award as a "Person who has made more than the usual contribution in the interest of intercollegiate athletics" continues the Bob Pritchard legacy.
His drive and commitment will endure. His accomplishments as athletic director, coach and as a real person will never be overshadowed.
Tonight we honor Bob Pritchard's extraordinary life with his posthumous induction as a charter member of the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.