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Originally from Bellevue, Bruce Bellard earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at BGSU in 1948 and 1954, respectively, and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Indiana. He joined the BGSU faculty in 1948, serving as both a teacher and a coach. After retiring from full-time teaching in 1981, he continued to teach during summer sessions until 1986. Since then, he has devoted himself to community service.

During his tenure at the University, Bellard coached five different sports, but is perhaps best known for his involvement with the wrestling program. As BGSU's first full-time wrestling coach, he was primarily responsible for the development of the program. The team recorded 20 winning seasons and three Mid-American Conference championships during his 24 years as head coach.

As a guard on the 1947 BG football team, Bellard earned All-Ohio recognition. He also served as head coach of the freshman football team in 1949 and 1950, and served as an assistant coach on the varsity team from 1951-56.

Bellard is well-known for his service to the Bowling Green community and its volunteer organizations. He was a six-term city councilman and served as president of council from 1973-82. He then served two terms as mayor of Bowling Green, from 1983-88.

Bellard has received numerous awards and citations, including induction into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 1981, he was named Bowling Green's "Outstanding Male Citizen," as well as Omicron Delta Kappa's "BGSU Faculty Member of the Year." In 1997, he was the recipient of the Wood County Democratic Party's "Good Citizen Award." In 1998, he was named "Alum of the Year" by the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green. He was named to Bellevue High School's "Halls of Excellence in 2001.

(Text taken from an October 19, 1998 release from the BGSU Monitor.)
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