Bob Troppmann, 1958-1984, football, basketball and track coach—Troppmann is one of Redwood High School’s seminal figures, a “can-do” man who not only created the school’s football program, but also a series of clinics and football camps that eventually earned him a spate of professional honors.
While Troppmann’s resume notes that he coached B Basketball and C Track in 1959, it was his involvement with Redwood’s varsity and freshman football teams over a 38-year span that stuck in student and alums’ minds. His varsity team, which he coached from 1958 through 1969, won district championships (Redwood, Drake and Tamalpais) in 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965 and 1969, and three MCAL championships, in 1959, 1960 and 1962. His overall varsity won-loss record was 60-40-1.
(One of Troppmann’s top performers on his teams in the late 60’s was a student named Pete Carroll, who later went on to considerable renown as a college and NFL coach.)
Troppmann also mentored the freshman squad in 1970, 1972 and 1984, and from 1986 through 1997, leading them to three MCAL championships. It’s interesting to note that even though Troppmann had retired from Redwood in 1984, he continued coaching the frosh team for years afterwards.
Troppmann even found time to lend his expertise to the College of Marin football team, serving as COM’s head coach in 1980and 1981.
After his official retirement from Redwood, he went on to work as the District Athletic Director for the Tamalpais Unified High School District in 1986 and 1987. He also acted the same year as the Project Manager of the Community Fields Association.
Troppmann loved to teach, so in 1962 he began the Redwood High School Football Clinic where kids from all over could come and tune up their playing skills. In 1964, he created the first football camp in California. The next year, Troppmann took on the role of manager of the San Francisco Football Clinic, a position he held for 30 years.
He picked up a trove of honors and left behind a trail of accomplishments along the way:
Between his teams, clinics, start-ups and hall of fame inductions, Troppmann also found time to write five books on football and athletic administration, as well as “The Master defense,” a primer on how to lay defensive football.
In 1997, Redwood paid tribute to one of its “founding fathers,” named the football field “Bob Troppmann Field.”
(A little-known fact about Bob Troppmann: In 1946 and 1947 he played football for the Oakland Giants and the San Francisco Clippers of the Pacific Coast Professional Football League.)
Troppmann lives in Corte Madera.