NOTRE DAME, IN (April 25, 2018) The Holy Cross College Athletic Department is saddened to announce the recent passing of former Holy Cross College Director of Athletics and Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Schermerhorn.
Coach “Horn” took over the Saints men’s basketball program in 2010 and guided the team for three seasons. During his time at Holy Cross, Schermerhorn led men’s basketball to their first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament victory in the 2011-2012 season. In his three seasons, Coach “Horn” compiled 32 wins, with 21 of them being CCAC victories.
A graduate of South Bend Central High School, Bob set out after graduation in the 1960’s to become a Marine and serve his country in the Vietnam War. When he returned stateside, he settled in Southern California where he earned an associate’s degree at Orange Coast College, where he was also assistant basketball coach. He then went on to complete a bachelor’s degree from Long Beach State and a master’s degree from Pepperdine University.
Coach Schermerhorn was a winner at every level, coaching basketball from high school to NCAA Division I, including a term as head coach at Arizona State University. During his tenure, the Sun Devils upset both UCLA and the University of Oregon. Returning to Southern California, Schermerhorn coached Riverside Community College to nine consecutive playoff appearances.
Schermerhorn was selected California State Coach of the Year in 1996 and Orange Empire Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996. He has since coached at Fullerton College and Santa Ana College where he was also Associate Dean of Exercise Science. In 2003, Coach “Horn” was enshrined in the California Community College Basketball Hall of Fame.
On becoming a coach at Holy Cross College, Bob Schermerhorn once said, “For me it is a dream come true to coach in the town I grew up amongst family and old friends. The Christian values and emphasis on academics here at Holy Cross makes it easier for me to go beyond just teaching X’s and O’s, to teach life lessons that help my players develop as young men.”
Coach “Horn” will forever be remembered by more than just our coach. He was a friend to all and always had a story to tell! Thanks for the memories coach.