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Robert M. MacFarland, Jr.

In the early 1970¹s, Bob MacFarland answered a challenge and promptly issued one of his own to begin what has been a dynasty in high school volleyball. As a result he becomes the first of his sport to be inducted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame. A teacher at Stow High School, MacFarland was approached by the girls basketball team looking for a replacement for its coach who had quit. MacFarland accepted on the condition that those players would also play on Stow¹s volleyball team. Over the next 26 years, MacFarland and his talented athletes would produce nothing but winning teams. Going into the 1998 season, he had compiled a record of 532 victories against only 92 losses, and is now one of only two coaches in the state to have amassed more than 500 wins. MacFarland has led the Bulldogs to 10 state Final Four appearances and captured state championships in 1975, ¹81, ¹90 and ¹92. Twice Stow has been state runner-up, including 1997. The Bulldogs have been league champs or co-champs in all but three seasons and more than 50 of MacFarland¹s players have earned college scholarships. MacFarland has been voted coach of the year numerous times, including Ohio High School Coach of the Year in 1987, and was inducted into the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989. He also has been at the forefront of amateur volleyball in the area, operating a highly successful Junior Olympic development program for 30 years and in 1991 he co-founded the Northeast Ohio Volleyball Association.

Inducted 1998 | Coach