ILWACO - Bob Enos brings two very important qualities to Ilwaco sports programs, his 33 years of experience and his friendly and encouraging expertise as a mentor. He's the kind of man people gravitate to and trust from the start and he's a very knowledgeable coach and teacher who is well respected.
Enos is the defensive coordinator for the Fishermen football team and also coaches eighth grade boys' basketball at the middle school. He taught one year at his alma mater in Centralia, spent three years at Hunters in Northeastern Washington, and then settled in Forks for 27 years. He has coached football and basketball for 33 seasons and baseball for five.
"I was an athletic director for 10 years. I loved that job because I could pass on my experience to other coaches," Enos explains. He was league coach of the year seven times in basketball and once was area assistant coach of the year for football. Enos graduated from Centralia High School in 1970 where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was on a fifth place state team for the Tigers in basketball.
He then attended Centralia College where he played basketball, transferred to Western Montana to play football, and then earned his teaching certificate at Eastern Washington. "We always wanted to retire here so we bought a house and moved in 2006." His wife Barbara works at Ocean Beach Hospital at the front desk and their daughter Randi lives in Sequim and son Rod is a teacher and basketball and football coach at Tenino.
"I do some substitute teaching. It brings in a little extra cash, but the main reason I do it is to stay involved with kids," Enos says. His experience, knowledge of the games he coaches, and his winning personality are plusses for any programs he chooses to contribute his time and effort to.
Typical of Enos's sense of humor, he concludes, "I hope you put this in the paper about me being defensive coordinator after we held South Bend to 194 yards of total offense and not after Winlock scored 28 points on us."