Robert (Bob) Squires was a high school coach and teacher in Idaho for 42 years, including the final 37 in Kamiah. He was head boy’s track coach at Kamiah for 29 year and head girl’s track coach for 16 years and his teams combined to win 37 district and regional titles, and eight state titles.
His boy’s teams won five State Class A-3/2A titles, finished second three other times finished among the top four teams on 16 occasions. His girl’s teams won three state championships, had one second place finish, and captured nine district and regional titles.
While at Kamiah, Bob coaches 53 individual state champions and posted a combined 238 regular season, district, regional, and state meet victories. Kamiah also hosted approximately 260 meets during his time at the school.
Bob was named the District II Track Coach of the Year 12 times and won the Idaho State Track Coach of the Year six times. The Idaho High School Activities Association honored him with the 1989 Distinguished Service Award and was put in the IHSAA Hall of Fame in 2004.
Bob was born July 13, 1938 in Kooskia, Idaho and attended a one-room grade school on Harris Ridge for three years. He then added Kooskia Grade School for grades 4-8 and then Clearwater Valley High School for grades 9-12. He then attended the College of Idaho and upon graduation, he started his teaching career at Clearwater Valley in 1959. Along with teaching eighth grade, he was head football coach for three years, head basketball coach for a year, and assistant basketball coach for two years.
Bob then taught sixth grade for two years in American Falls where he was an assistant football and basketball coach. He then took a job at Kamiah Middle School where he finished his career. He coaches the junior high track program for seven years, basketball for three years and football for two years. He then became the track coach at Kamiah High and coaches for 29 years. He also was an assistant football coach for 23 years and an assistant wrestling coach for three years.
Even after his retirement, Bob continues to work as a volunteer coach with the Kamiah track teams. He also helps organize and continues to announce at the home meets. He also works as one of the head field judges at the 3A, 2A, and 1A track meets.
Bob and his wife Felicia have two children, Teresa and Cynthia.