Date: Friday, February 9, 2001


sheldon.jpg (40545 bytes)MEDFORD – What you see is what you get from Tufts University men's basketball coach Bob Sheldon. His calm demeanor on the sideline goes against the stereotype of a typical coach. He doesn't yell at his players or pace nervously. Sheldon has used this approach to form a winning career during 13 seasons at Tufts.

The 2000-01 Tufts team gave Sheldon the 200th victory of his career in a home game against Trinity on Friday, January 26, 2001. A come-from-behind 79-77 win, the Jumbos outscored the Bantams, 9-0, over the final 4:15 of the game to post the victory. Senior co-captain Dan Flaherty (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Prep) scored 23 points to lead Tufts.

Entering the final two weekends of the regular season, Sheldon now has a 202-116 record with the Jumbos. He is the all-time leader in coaching victories for the 96-year history of the Tufts program. His 63.5 winning percentage is second-best at Tufts behind Tom Penders, who left Medford in 1974 and has coached several major college programs in the years since.

"Bob encourages guys to work hard and improve themselves and take responsibility, and to play hard and intelligently and together on the floor, by keeping it simple and making it fun," said assistant coach Seth Eilberg. "It shows up in his game coaching, always poised and under control. He keeps the players focused on playing basketball."

Born and raised in Canton, N.Y., Sheldon attended nearby Saint Lawrence College. He played for Paul Evans, who went on to coach at Navy (with David Robinson) and Pitt, and graduated in 1977. His first college coaching job was at Tufts as an assistant to Rod Baker from 1983-85. He moved on to Clark University from 1985 until he was hired back at Tufts as head coach in 1988.

The Tufts program has had just two losing seasons in 13 years under Sheldon's direction. He guided Jumbo teams into the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and 1997, and led last year's squad to the ECAC New England Division III championship. The team has made seven post-season appearances overall during his tenure.