exploits on the basketball court are numerous and
A two-time Section All-Star at Aliquippa,
he was even named a pre-season All-American in his senior
year in 1963. All-WPIAL and All-State honors were garnered,
Playing for Dodge City Community College,
Bob led the team to a 60-4 record during his two seasons
there, including a national title. He averaged 19 points and
was named a Junior College All-American.
Bob continued to excel at the University
of Idaho. He averaged nearly 17 points per game, which was
the second best mark in Vandal career scoring average at
that time. Named to the All-Big Sky team, Bob was
particularly hard on Idaho's fierce rival, Idaho State
University. In a two week span, he decimated ISU with a 26
rebound game, followed by a 39-point outburst.
That all-around athletic ability caught
the eyes of both the National and Canadian football leagues,
who wanted him to try out, but Bob chose to play basketball
overseas. Playing for Kirchein Tech in Germany, "Pip" led
the team to a division championship, scoring 61 points in
the title game.
With that kind of hardwood background, it
is easy to see why he was inducted into the Aliquippa Sports
Hall of Fame in 1978, as well as tonight's enshrinement.
His success in the classroom has been just
as impressive. A self-described disinterested student in his
high school days, Bob had nearly 100 college offers, but his
weak scholastic standing caused him to go the junior college
route. But he learned to use basketball as an escape. He
realized that, to stay competitive on the court, he had to
be just as competitive in his studies. The result: he has
even gone on to earn post-graduate credits. His feel good
story now sees him as a motivational speaker stressing
education. This, after a long and honored career in the
Pittsburgh School System as a principal.
Long an advocate for social change, Bob
has received many awards over the years, such as being named
to Talk Magazine's 50 Most Influential African Americans in
Pittsburgh, YWCA's Racial Justice Award, and Man of the Year
by the Sewickley YMCA. In addition, Bob was one of ten
speakers from the national PTA organization to be invited to
the White House in 2012.
Bob and his wife, Yvonne, his high school
sweetheart, are the parents of two masters-educated
children, Todd and Kwelin. The Pipkins now reside in