|Induction Class of:||2001|
One of the top coaches in the nation, Bob Skelton started the Western New England College wrestling program in 1975 and has served as head coach of the Golden Bears for the past 26 years. He ranks among the winningest NCAA Division III coaches with an all-time record of 389-199-7 for an impressive 66.0 winning percentage. A former president of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association, Bob has coached 136 All-New England Division III performers, 27 New England champions, 13 NCAA Division III All-Americans, and 34 Academic All-Americans. A 1971 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Bob was elected to the NCAA Division III National Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997. Among his top wrestlers was fellow Downes Athletic Hall of Fame member Rodney Smith who captured the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. Bob is a native of Brooklyn, New York.