Oshkosh West high school lost one of its long time coaching fraternity brethren Monday.
Robert “Bob” Meronk died unexpectedly Monday morning. He was 68 years old.
Meronk began working at Oshkosh West in 1974 as a Physical Education teacher, and he remained in that position until 2003. He began his coaching career shortly after as an assistant football coach and a boys JV basketball coach.
Meronk was an assistant football coach from 1974-1991, when he took over the head coaching job. He was then the head football coach from 1992-2002, leading the Wildcats to their first three playoff appearances in school history in 1996, 2000 and 2002. He was the Fox Valley Association Coach of the Year in ’96 and 2000, and was still a volunteer coach on the Oshkosh West football staff up until this past fall.
Meronk was involved in the girls track program at West as well. He was the head coach for two years in 1976 and 1977, then took the reigns over again from 1982-2009, leading the Wildcats to 11 FVA championships, eight regional championships, five sectional championships and an Indoor State Meet title in 1999.
He was also the boys varsity basketball coach from 1977-79, a JV boys basketball coach from 1974-1997 and again from 1987-1988, and was a varsity assistant girls basketball coach from 1988-1990.
Meronk was inducted into the Oshkosh West Wall of Fame on Sept. 6, 2013.
Arrangements are pending with Mueller Funeral home in Winneconne.