Blugold Hall of Fame
Dr. Robert Scott was a professor of Kinesiology at UW-Eau Claire for 35 years. He served 26 of those years as the Blugold head men's tennis coach, leading the team for all but two seasons between 1966 and 1994. During that time the Blugolds won 10 Wisconsin State University Conference championships and nine NAIA District 14 championships. Scott took players to the NAIA nationals in Kansas City on 10 occasions.
Blugold teams became the dominant tennis power in the WSUC during the 1970s and 1980s, replacing UW-Oshkosh as the tennis kingpin. In addition to the conference titles amassed by Scott, the Blugolds were runner-up six other times. His athletes won 35 singles titles and 24 doubles championships in conference play and from 1975 through 1982, the Blugolds won 47 consecutive conference dual meets.
But tennis was not Scott's only passion. He coached men's gymnastics at the university for six years. He was also active as a curler. He brought club curling to the university and eventually was appointed National Coordinator of Coaching for Curl U.S.A., the development arm of the United States Curling Association which is the governing body for the sport. He was instrumental in the construction of the Eau Claire Curling Club's indoor facility which was completed in 1996.
Scott also spent a good deal of his career working with youth, in particular, developmentally disabled. He was responsible for founding the local chapter of Special Olympics which is currently flourishing under Bob Lesniewski.
Scott was also involved in establishing the university's summer Gym and Swim school for local youth.
The Canadian-born Scott gained some fame as an inventor as well. He developed a climbing apparatus used in elementary school gym classes. The Scott Agility Climber earned a patent in Canada.
His most recent invention was the Curling Brush Buddy or CUBB, a device used as a kickstand for the curling brush, the tool used by the sweeper in that sport. The CUBB has earned a patent in the United States.
Scott retired from the university in May, 2001.