Bob Dro

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Robert C. Dro (October 12, 1918 – May 4, 2006) was an American basketball player and college athletic administrator. He was a starter on the Indiana University's first championship team in 1940 and played one season in the National Basketball League.

Dro, a 6'0" guard from Berne High School in Berne, Indiana, played for coach Branch McCracken at Indiana from 1938 to 1941. Dro was a three-year starter for IU, including the Hoosiers' 1939–40 championship season. Dro was named first team All-Big Ten Conference as a senior in 1941. He was also a standout on the baseball diamond in college.[1]

Following college, Dro played a season with the Indianapolis Kautskys of the National Basketball League (NBL), a professional league that would later merge with the Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association. Dro also played minor-league baseball for the Grand Rapids Colts in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization.[2]

After his brief professional sports career, Dro served in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon his return from the war, Dro coached high school basketball in Pendleton and Bluffton, Indiana. In 1957, Dro joined the Indiana University athletic department, where he served until his retirement in 1984.[2]

Dro was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. He died on May 4, 2006.


  1. ^ Hiner, Jason (2004). Indiana University Basketball Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-655-8. 
  2. ^ a b Indiana Athletics Remembers Bob Dro, accessed August 30, 2011

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