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 Bob Pedersen-  (McQuaid 1968-1984, Batavia 1989-93)


Bob Pedersen was born March 25, 1927 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  He grew up in Saranac Lake, New York, where he began his love of hockey and baseball.  Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy his senior year of high school, while our country in the midst of WWII.

            After the war, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Margaret, and together they moved to Brockport, New York, where he received his B.A. Science degree from SUNY Brockport College.  He continued his education, earning a masters degree from Columbia University and doctoral work at Boston University. 

            His teaching career encompassed positions at Messina and Cobleskill in New York and Milton in Massachusetts, and finally came full circle when Bob and his two daughters, Sharon and Patti, and son Paul moved back to New York, where he accepted a professorship at SUNY Brockport in the Health Science Department.  There he taught from 1965 until his retirement in 1995.

            Throughout his teaching and coaching career, he coached all sports, including basketball, soccer, wrestling, swimming, track, baseball, football, and hockey.

            His love of hockey was instrumental in the formation of Brockport’s first club hockey team, where they traveled early dawn hours to The Boys’ Club Rink to practice.  As the sport evolved, Bob’s persistence gave way to overseeing the building of the college’s first hockey rink.  Bob coached the Brockport College team , and is often referred to as the “Father of Brockport Hockey.”

            When budget cuts limited aid to his hockey program, Bob sent his goalie out on the ice with a broom instead of his goalie stick.  Message sent!  The next day the AD made sure the team was adequately supplied with proper equipment. 

            Bob furthered his quest to bring the sport of hockey to the Rochester area by initiating the first McQuaid High School hockey program in 1968-69.  Bob coached two stints at McQuaid from the 1968-69  to 70-71 seasons and then again from 1977-78 season until 1983-84. During his ten years the Knights won 3 sectional titles and a league title and 3 other league titles. The most impressive streak came in the late 70’s when McQuaid ran off an undefeated streak of 43 in a row.

            Bob coached the Batavia High School program after long time Ice Devils coach Ron Setzer retired. In the four years at Batavia, Bob had a 43-40-4 record with two second place finishes in league and another trip to the sectional finals and states. Although he only coached for the four years he left an impression as the next two years after he left the Ice Devils made it to the sectional finals and then the state finals in 1994-95. Bob was very influential in that a majority of those players were freshman and sophomores under Bob in his last two years.

Bob was named coach of the year on several occasions during his stints in high school and even gracefully turned one down as he felt his team had underachieved that year.

His love of hockey was contagious throughout the Pedersen family.  His wife, Marge, and daughters were devoted fans and cheerleaders, shaking milk jugs filled with pennies from the stands.  Bob’s son Paul played hockey and followed in his father’s footsteps as a high school hockey coach himself.

            Bob was always a forerunner in developing a strong conditioning regiment.  Former high school and college players comment on the creative ways Bob led his conditioning workouts.  Without the use of modern training facilities and equipment, it was not an unusual sight to see the hockey players out on the ice carrying railroad ties on their shoulders. 

            Paramount to developing hockey skills was his commitment to character building.  High on his list was developing a sense of unity, teamwork, work ethic, and a high level of moral conduct.

            Bob was inducted into the New York State Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame for his longtime influence and commitment to the sport.  A plaque in his honor resides in the Lake Placid Hockey Arena – a fitting tribute in the very place Bob grew up and began his lifelong passion.

Coaching records

McQuaid      record    

1968-69     4 - 4 – 2

1969-70    12 -2 – 0

1070-71    12 – 3 – 0

1977-78    13 – 6 – 1

1978-79    22 – 0 – 1

1079-80    23 – 1 – 0

1980-81   15 – 7 – 2

1981-82    21 – 1 – 2

1982-83   18 – 3 – 2

1983-84    24 – 2 – 1

Total      164 – 29 - 11



1989-90   13 – 7 – 1

1990-91   14 – 7 – 2

1991-92   6 – 15 – 0

1992-93   10 – 11 – 1

Total       43 – 40 – 4


High School Totals

            207 – 69 – 15  (.711%)


Bob was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2002, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coachwho has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

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