(Carlisle, Pa.) – For more than two decades one of the cornerstones of the Dickinson athletic department has been equipment manager Bob Penner. His commitment and dedication to the college, Red Devil athletics and all the people he worked with are a tribute to his genuine character and nature.
During his time, his relentless work effort became instilled in everyone around him from coworkers, colleagues and student-athletes. Retiring after a remarkable 23 years at Dickinson, he will put his feet up, but only for a moment, as he looks forward to spending some quality time with his family.
He has mentored and influenced countless student workers and student-athletes over the years and will be truly missed by everyone who knows him. He sat down with Assistant Athletic Director Christian Payne for a farewell interview, appropriately on the newly renovated turf at Biddle Field.
What does it mean to you to Be a Red Devil?
"To be a Red Devil means hard work, dedication, and love of what you are doing. I couldn't wait to get up and go to work every morning because I loved what I did."
Describe your experience meeting and working with the student-athletes?
"It's been a great ride here. I've had the chance to make friends with thousands of people, not just the student-athletes, but the parents and grandparents. They're the best kids in the Centennial Conference."
"The students who invest into the academics and athletics here are very successful. I've had students that worked for me, athletes and non-athletes, and they are just phenomenal kids."
What is your overall impression of the coaching staff at Dickinson?
"We have some great young coaches at Dickinson, and some coaches that have been here since I started. They are some of the hardest working people I know, and I have nothing but respect for them and the way the run their programs."
After serving in this role for the past two decades, what does the future hold?
"I wish Charlie (Hambrook) and Dakota (Pentz) nothing but the best, it's their program and they will do a fine job and hopefully continue to take the program to the next step. Without a doubt in my mind, they will."
On behalf of Dickinson College and the Red Devil athletic department, we thank Bob for his outstanding service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.