St. Lawrence University swim coach for 19 years, Bob Northrop coached athletes who produced over 100 All America finishes and had two top-three finishes in NCAA Division III team championships
Northrop, who retired after a 19-year career as Saint swim coach in 2000, coached nine athletes who are members of the Hall of Fame and led his 1980 and 1982 men's teams to third place finishes in the NCAA Division III Championships. He took the women's program from its formative years to establish a strong collegiate program which included over 40 All America finishes and 16 relay All America finishes during his tenure. His men's teams produced six national event titles in addition to 54 combined individual and relay All America finishes.
A member of the swim team at Colgate University as an undergraduate, Bob joined the St. Lawrence staff in the admissions office before taking over as swim coach in 1979-80. He coached his 1979-80 team to the first Upper New York State Swim Association Championship in program history and won a number of league championships. He was the 1999 UCAA Men's Swim Coach of the Year and was awarded the James W. "Doc" Littlejohn Award by St. Lawrence in 2000.