Blugold Hall of Fame
Bob Coenen, who prepped at De Pere High School, was a member of four Blugold teams that combined for a 109-22 record during the period from 1979 to 1982. They were 54-8 in conference play during that time. The Blugolds advanced to the NAIA Nationals all four seasons, going 10-5 in national tourney play and reaching the Final Four in 1980 and 1981. The 6-foot-8 power forward started 66 consecutive games his junior and senior seasons, averaging 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game with 90 blocked shots, 55 steals and 169 assists. His 127 games played for his career is tied for the third best in school history, trailing the 131 games played by Tony Carr and the 130 games of Mike Prasher. He served as team captain his senior season. He also signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1982 but did not make the final roster.
Coenen spent two years as a business education teacher, freshmen boys basketball coach and track coach at Antigo High School before heading to Chippewa Falls High School where he served as a business teacher and varsity boys basketball head coach for 12 years. He has been at Pulaski High School since 1997, serving the first eight as the boys varsity head coach and the past six years as advisor for the Future Business Leaders of America. In 2005, he had the privilege of serving as head coach in the Wisconsin boys basketball All-Star game. For the past five years, he has coached the Pulaski Purple Aces girls club team.
He and his wife Jackie, who was a Blugold dance team member while attending the university and is a fifth grade teacher in Pulaski, have two daughters – Brooke, age 20; and Megan, 17.