Legendary RCC Coach Bob Schermerhorn Dies at 75

Photo compliments of Josh Schiede
Photo compliments of Josh Schiede

It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Riverside City College Athletics' Bob Schermerhorn. The legendary head coach and administrator of Riverside City College died at the age of 75 in late April of 2018. 

Schermerhorn arrived at RCC in 1989 with a tough task - follow legendary Hall of Fame coaches Jerry Tarkanian, Bill Mulligan, Dave Waxman and Bob Boyd. He did so with poise and success, as he helmed the Tigers to four-consecutive Final Four appearances, nine-straight post-season tournaments, and three conference championships. Furthermore, he reached the playoffs for nine-straight seasons and was selected as the Orange Empire Conference (OEC) Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996. He finished his Riverside coaching career with a record of 225-98, which makes him the program's second all-time winningest men's basketball coach in program history.

Schermerhorn stepped away from basketball and took on an equally as important role by becoming RCC's athletic director shortly after his coaching tenure. He led the department down an avenue of infectious success by helping mold RCC into a state powerhouse. He established a cherished culture highlighted by the creation of the Riverside City College Hall of Fame.

The basketball guru was active at many different levels of collegiate hoops. He boasted an impressive resume by coaching at some of the nation's top universities such as Arizona State University, Southern Utah University, University of California – Irvine, Holy Cross (IN), Orange Coast College, Fullerton College, Chaffey College, and Canyon Hills HS. He was inducted into the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Men's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and the RCC Hall of Fame in 2005.

His memorial service will be held at La Sierra University - Church of Seventh Day Adventists on Saturday, May 5th at 3 p.m.