Bob Doty started his teaching and coaching career in Red Bud, Illinois. He came to Hoopeston in 1967 as the Diversified Occupation (D.O.) Coordinator and the assistant football and assistant track coach. Bob took over the head football position in 1969 for a couple years then returned as the freshmen football coach until he retired. Bob coached the boys and girls track programs in both assistant and head coach positions for 27 years.
As the head track coach, Bob redesigned the track from yards to meters and had the surface refurbished from cinders to the new hadite overlay. Bob coached the elongated start to his tracksters. Area coaches asked him to assist their athletes in learning how to get out of the blocks faster; all improved their times and several went on to win state medals.
Bob has always had a love for football and track. In high school he won gold at the State of Illinois in the 100 yard dash and silver in the 220 yard dash representing St. Elmo High School. In 1972 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame. When Bob coached his daughter, Jill, to her 100 meter dash gold medal and 200 meter dash silver medal at the state track meet, they became the first father/daughter combination to win 1st and 2nd place medals in the same events. While in high school, Bob was awarded all-state in football winning a full scholarship to play at Eastern Illinois University. He later went on to run track at Murray State University winning the Most Valuable Track Athlete award. In 2012 Bob was inducted into the Murray State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
He enjoyed enlarging the Diversified Occupation program at H-EL to 70 students working half days in Hoopeston’s businesses and industries. The program won State of Illinois recognition from Governor Jim Edgar.
Bob retired from high school teaching and coaching in 1994, moved to Kentucky where he coached the men’s and women’s track and cross country programs for 7 years at Murray State University. He returned as an interim coach twice after his retirement.