Kent, Bob

Career / Academic – Class of 1961

Kent002Bob Kent excelled in three GHHS sports – football, swimming and baseball. He was a catcher on the baseball teams that set the state record for consecutive wins. Those teams were inducted into the GHHS Hall of Fame in 2008 and into the Muskegon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Bob was also an All-State diver and went on to become an All-American diver at Western Michigan University where he won three letters in swimming and diving. He was inducted into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.

Bob was a coach and professor at Kalamazoo College from 1969-2003. He was the head men’s swimming and diving coach for thirty-five years, earning him the title of the “Winningest men’s swimming and diving coach in the history of the MIAA.” He coached twenty-five MIAA swimming and diving championship teams and made twenty-six trips to the NCAA Division III Championships and finished in the top ten thirteen times.  His swimmers and divers earned 335 All American certificates. Bob amassed a career record of 293-67 (0.814) including a MIAA mark of 166-11 (0.937). He was inducted into the Kalamazoo College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bob is retired and lives in Kalamazoo with his wife and enjoys time with his daughters and grandchildren.