Bob Behr

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During nearly two decades as track coach at Tower Hill, Bob Behr had success that was unprecedented in Delaware and influential beyond the state’s borders. He
developed a small-school powerhouse and helped create competitive women’s track in Delaware. From 1964 through ’79 Tower Hill athletes won one fourth (56 of 224) of all Division II state
championships and compiled a dual-meet record of 160-28-2. Behr coached six state championship teams in cross country and track and, in 1964, the smallest school ever to win the New Castle County
championship. His athletes set state records in six events. His boys’ mile-relay teams won their section at the Penn Relays four times. In developing women’s track in the state, Behr coached teams
from the Delaware Track and Field Club and Tower Hill School to the women’s and girls’ 440-yard relay titles at the 1966 Penn Relays. Four athletes from the club qualified for the Olympic trials. For
13 years Behr was a sprinting consultant for the Phillies and, for 15 years, he was the Delaware correspondent for Sports Illustrated. Behr was inducted into the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame
in 1996.



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