GW Athletic Hall of Famer Bob Tallent Among Donors Whose Contributions Led to First $10,000 Gift
Annual Colonials Invasion Season Tip-Off to be Held at Local Military Base
Bob Tallent, who played three seasons at Kentucky for legendary coach Adolph Rupp, transferred to GW in 1967 and, after sitting out the '68 campaign, played one memorable season. The 1969 Colonials, 14-11, had their first winning season in nine years and Tallent was something special. The 6-foot-1 guard finished as the nation's fifth leading scorer with a 28.9 average, becoming the top single-season scorer in GW basketball history. While breaking six school records, he also earned a spot on the Helms Foundation All-America team.
After gaining his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and following a brief pro stint with Denver's ABA Rockets, the Langley, KY, native returned to Washington and in 1970-71 joined the Colonials' coaching staff. After four years of coaching success with freshman and junior varsity teams, he became--at age 28--one of the youngest college head coaches in the nation. In seven seasons at GW ('75-81) he notched a 102-84 mark, and is ranked among the winningest coaches in school history.
Tallent has worked with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the National Capital Area, where he served as director of marketing for the firm. He and his wife, Eileen, have three children, Jones, Matthew and Erin.