Bob “Coach” Tisdale was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended Elizabeth public schools culminating his graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School.
He then attended Delaware State College, receiving Bachelor of Arts Degree, and went on to earn his Masters Degree from Trenton State College.
Among Bob’s athletic contributions to the sport of basketball as player are:
After serving in the Korean War, where he was selected to play on the Armed Forces Tournament Team, Bob began his career as a Basketball Coach, beginning with his high school alma mater, Thomas Jefferson. Here, he coached Freshman J,V. and Varsity. During this time, he was fortunate enough to work directly with Joan Schumate and help coach and guide him as both student and athlete. Bob went on to coach Varsity at Rahway, Immaculate Conception in Montclair, and Colonia High Schools. His colleagues appreciated his rapport with the youth and his ability to win and get things done. He became Athletic Director of Colonia High School. Bob also coached the PBA PALS semi professional team, and lent his services to coaching adult teams in Elizabeth.
During his illustrious career as a basketball coach:
Bob loved being an athlete and scholar in his salad days, so it is no wonder that he enjoys working with youth, and being an integral part of their physical and mental growth. He was a school teacher for thirty-three years, where he also coached soccer. While training young minds, he also developed accomplished athletes. Players that worked with Coach Tisdale have received scholarships from division one and division two colleges. At least 65% of his graduating seniors have gone on to play at the college level.
Bob has been married to Dolores Del Hawks since 1960. He is thankful for all of her love, support, “and acting as hostess at all of those spaghetti team dinners at out home”, over the years. Bob and Dolores have three children. Robert Jr. and Tracy Tisdale are both graduates of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J., Nicole is a graduate of Biola University, La Mirada, Ca. They have two grandsons, by Tracy and son-in-law Alec Moore, A.J. and Tyler.
Though semi-retired, Bob will not relinquish his enjoyment of molding youth. He continues to teach and coach the Junior Varsity Colonia High School girls during the academic year, and to run summer basketball camps, where his philosophy is “emphasizing the fundamentals and basics”.