|With the advent of Title IX which legislated gender equality in athletic opportunities, Bob's responsibilities as athletic director were increased twofold. The Eastern Washington University grad spearheaded the development of a highly successful girls athletic program without sacrificing what had been established for boys.
Eller advocated 'participation' over 'specialization' by prep athletes. He encouraged student-athletes while impacting Wenatchee High athletics and activities in a very positive way.
Bob's philosophy of what prep competition should be, and his years of dedicated effort, set the standard for athletic directors throughout Washington. In 1986, he was named "Washington State Athletic Director of the Year" and was elected to "The Washington Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame" three years later.
As head basketball coach for five seasons, Eller's teams were noted for hustle and sportsmanship. He was at the helm of the Panthers as WHS entered a new era as a member of the "Big 8 Conference" and his 1967 squad won the district championship.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.