Robert “Bobo” Sheehan
Robert “Bobo” Sheehan
Football, Skiing, Baseball, Coach
Inducted 2016

Bobo Sheehan, a member of the Class of 1944, was a standout athlete in football, skiing, and baseball at Middlebury. Following service as a dive bomber pilot with a ranking of Lieutenant Junior Grade in World War II, Sheehan returned to Middlebury in 1945 and coached for over 20 years.

Sheehan led the women’s ski team for a year before taking over the reins of the men’s program from 1947-1967. He spent 11 years as the baseball coach, while also coaching football, tennis, and golf.

Sheehan’s 1948 and 1949 men’s alpine squads won national championships at events held in Sun Valley, Idaho and Aspen, Utah, earning runner-up honors in 1961. His teams captured 11 Eastern Championships, while taking home the title at the Middlebury Carnival on 10 different occasions. Sheehan coached seven Olympians, including Becky Fraser in 1948—Middlebury’s first representative to the Olympic Games. He served as the coach for the U.S. Men’s Alpine Team at the 1956 Olympic Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

Sheehan served as the president of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Association and was a member of the Olympic Ski Games Committee. In 1984, Middlebury dedicated the Robert “Bobo” Sheehan chairlift in celebration of 50 years of skiing at the College. He is also a member of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame.