Bob Alcock began his volleyball calling in 1965 as a player at Bishops Field College when he was introduced to the game by Vic Janes, his PE teacher. He then played two years at Bishops College from 1967-1969 where his team won the St. Johns High school title in 1968
He continued his volleyball-playing career at Memorial University from 1970 – 1973 where he won the MUN men’s MVP in 1973 and played for another 5 years in the Conception Bay area.
Bob began his coaching run at Roncolli High School in Avondale in 1973 and coached both male and female teams for thirty years when he finished in 2003. His teams competed and won in many high school zone, regional and provincial events, with provincial championship wins coming in 79-80, 81-82, 86-87, 97-98 and 98-99.
Over that span he coached teams in the bantam (14U) Midget (16U) Juvenile (18U) and Junior (21U) age divisions. Bob was also quite busy as he hosted many of those events during that time.
As a high school coach, he managed to win all of the major championships at least once including the Gander Collegiate Invitational, Ascension Collegiate Invitational, VolleyFest, Abitibi Price Invitational in Grand Falls Windsor and the Dalhousie Invitational.
His boy’s teams represented Newfoundland Labrador at the Atlantic Juvenile Championships (18U) in 1976 and again at the National Juvenile Championships again in 1999. His girls team represented our province at the 1991 Juvenile championships.
In 1998 he was awarded the Coaching Service Award and in 1999 he was awarded the NLVA Coach of the year.
Definitely a highlight of every coaches’ time spent on the courts is time spent with your own children. Bob got to share many memories and championships with his son Corey with their great late 90’s run of provincial championships.
He now spends his time keeping quite active between his biking, running and playing with his Grandchildren. Congratulations Bob on your induction into the NLVA Hall of Fame!