Bob Colburn

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Bob Colburn began his baseball coaching career in 1961 at St. Andrew’s School. In 2016, more than 430 victories later, Colburn will coach his 55th season at the Middletown school. He ranks second in wins among Delaware high school baseball coaches. Colburn has been selected as Delaware’s Baseball Coach or Co-Coach of the Year four times (1981, ’88, ’91 and 2002). He was inducted into the Delaware High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993. Colburn has served as president of the National Baseball Coaches Association. In 2013 he received the National High School Federation Award for outstanding service to baseball. The St. Andrew’s baseball field is named for him. With St. Mark’s coach Bob Fischer, in 1978 Colburn helped organize the Delaware Baseball Coaches Association and the first Blue-Gold all-star game. In 1985-86 he was influential in organizing the Carpenter Cup, which provides an opportunity for high school players in the tri-state area to showcase their skills in front of major league scouts and college coaches.

In 2010 Colburn was presented a Phillies jersey bearing No. 25 for his 25 years of service with the Carpenter Cup. He received the 2011 Herm Reitzes Award from the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association for outstanding public service. Colburn is a four-time recipient of the Upstate Umpires Sportsmanship Award. On the academic front, Colburn was named Delaware Chemistry Teacher of the Year in 1996. He retired from teaching at St. Andrew’s in 2005. Colburn is a graduate of Haverford College, where he played four years of baseball and two years of football.

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