Washington U. Mourns the Loss of Former Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Greenwood
St. Louis, Mo., February 7, 2013 – Former Washington University in St. Louis men’s basketball coach Bob Greenwood passed away at his home in Lakewood, Colo., Thursday, January 31, at the age of 83.
Greenwood served as head coach of the Bears for five seasons from 1965-70, and is the fifth winningest coach in school history with a 46-69 (.398) overall mark. He guided the Red and Green to a 12-9 mark in the 1968-69 season, with wins over Brown University and Southeast Missouri State University.
Current head men’s basketball coach Mark Edwards played four seasons for Greenwood at Washington University (1965-69). Greenwood gave Edwards his first coaching stint as assistant coach for the Bears in his final season on the Danforth Campus (1969-70).
Greenwood also spent three seasons as head men’s basketball coach at Rider University (1962-65, 48-29 record) and one season at Washington State University (1971-72, 11-15). He led the 1962-63 Rider team to a 20-8 record and a berth in the District 31 playoffs and the NAIA National Tournament. Greenwood compiled a 105-113 overall record in nine seasons as a collegiate coach.
Greenwood is a 1950 graduate of Ohio University, where he competed in football and track. At Gainesville High School in Georgia, he was an all-State selection in football and was the state champion in the broad jump.
Greenwood is survived by his wife Jackie and son Kim, a 1972 Washington University alum who played basketball and ran track.