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Bob Breitbard

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Local Sports Pioneer
Football Player 1938-40 and Coach 1945

Bob Breitbard

Hall of Fame Class of 2006

A pioneer in the San Diego sports community, Bob Breitbard, was a three-year letterwinner and all-conference center on the Aztec football squad from 1938-40. The San Diego native returned to The Mesa as SDSU's volunteer head coach in 1945, re-establishing the football program after a two-year break for World War II.

While his stint as head coach lasted just one season and saw him compile a 2-5 record, Breitbard remains a prominent figure in San Diego area sports. He founded the Breitbard Athletic Foundation in 1946, which later evolved into the San Diego Hall of Champions, honoring local athletes - both past and present - on all levels. He was a key figure on the board of the Greater San Diego Sports Association, helping to turn San Diego into a major sports town with the Chargers and the Padres. The Hoover High School alum was also a driving force behind the building of the San Diego Sports Arena and was the owner of the Gulls hockey team and later, the Rockets of the NBA.