|Membership level: Hall of Fame|
Carol Lambert Bobo
Inductee Year 2015
|Carol Lambert Bobo ’73 participated in Aqua-ettes (water ballet group), Pom-pon squad as well as the Guard Organization while at Hinsdale Central, and received her B.S. from Northern Illinois in Physical Education and an M.S. from NIU, as well as her Type 75 from Concordia University in School Counseling.
College Education – B.S. from Northern Illinois University in Physical Education – M.S. from NIU in Health Education – Type 75 from Concordia University in School Counseling.
In the fall of 1977, Don Watson asked her to be the coach for the Hinsdale Swim Club while she was doing student teaching at Westmont High School. As Carol says, “Of course I said YES and my coaching career in swimming began.”
She was hired by Hinsdale Central High School in the fall of 1978 as a paraprofessional and to coach swimming, water ballet and track. In the fall of 1980, she was hired to teach Health Education and Physical Education full-time. Besides her teaching career she continued to be the Head Women’s Swimming Coach from 1979 through spring of 2000. In this timeframe her teams won: six state titles: 79,80,90,91,92,93 – three 2nd place titles: 81,82,89 – one 3rd place title: 85. In 19 out of the 21years of coaching her teams placed in the top ten. Sectional Titles: 9, District Titles: 3, Conference Titles: 17. Illinois Swimming Association – Coach of the Year – 9 times; NISCA PowerPoint Coach of the Year – 1991; Region 9 – Coach of the Year -1999; Elected into the Illinois Swimming Association Hall of Fame – 2011.
During her coaching career, she was on the High School Advisory for 12 years. She also was a Rules Interpreter for the IHSA. At Hinsdale Central besides teaching and coaching she was involved in the Peer Leadership Program and started the District 86 24 Hour Relay Challenge in 1996.
In the spring of 2000, she was hired by Hinsdale Central to move into a Guidance Counselor position. While her coaching career was over, Carol continued to be involved with helping athletes to potentially be recruited for college athletics.
In Carol’s words, “In my 37 years of being in the educational setting at Hinsdale Central I have been surrounded by caring individuals who work hard to provide the best for all of our students. The members of my teams were an extended family for me. Every individual brought something special to my life. Thank you for those times and memories.” Carol retired from Hinsdale Central in June 2015 and still lives in the area and so do her sons Scott (HC’2005) and Chris (HC’2011).