Years at Loras: 1972-1976
Sport: Basketball, Track & Field
- Bob Wagner wore many caps as a Duhawk. The former Dubuque Wahlert standout was a linchpin of Loras basketball team for four seasons with his rugged rebounding, consistent scoring and unselfish team play. Wagner also excelled in the spring with the Loras track team in the discus, hammer throw and javelin.
- Wagner worked his way from the JV to the varsity basketball team as a freshman, and in four seasons appeared in 99 games. When he left the hardwood, Wagner ranked as Loras' No. 7 all-time scorer (1,396 points, an average of 14.1 points a game) and No. 2 rebounder (765, an average of 7.7 a game), a title he still holds nearly 20 years later. Consistency was his mainstay. As a senior, Wagner was the top rebounder in 24 of the Duhawks' 29 games. During his career, Loras won 55 games.
- As a senior, Wagner had a 42-point game against Iowa Wesleyan (still among the top seven single-game performances in Loras history) and was a standout when the Duhawks topped Division III power Augustana 81-80 in Rock Island, Ill. - only the second loss for the Vikings in a 61-game home stretch.
- A co-captain his senior year, Wagner picked up a long list of basketball honors: MVP of the Midlands Conference (1976), all-Midlands Conference (1975, 1976), all-Dan Donovan Tournament (1975 and 1976), all-Augustana Tournament (1976) and honorable mention NAIA all-District (1976). In track, he was a big point contributor in the weight events and helped the Duhawks to the 1975 NAIA District championship.
- The Wagners - the former Mary Ann Beck ('76), son Eric and daughter Abby -- live in West Des Moines where Bob is a manager for an assets management firm. He continues to give his time to others. He was named the YMCA's Family Volunteer of the Year in 1996, is a volunteer in the Dowling Catholic High School softball and basketball programs and for the last four years been active with "Rebuilding Together" - a volunteer group that fixes up homes for the needy.