Bob Lake assumed the position of head men's tennis coach at Appalachian State University in December 2000. Lake is also the director of tennis at the Yonahlossee Resort. In eight years at the helm of the Appalachian program, Lake's record is 91-89 overall, 36-40 in conference play, and 6-6 in the Southern Conference Tournament. Lake's teams have been to the SoCon semifinals twice in his tenure. In 2005, the Mountaineers posted a 13-10 record and during the 2006 campaign, the Mountaineers finished with their best record under Lake's guidance, 13-9. The Mountaineers also tied for a fourth place finish in the SoCon tournament and had four players named all-SoCon.
A native of New York, Lake has resided in the High Country for 17 years. Before coming to Boone, Lake lived in Charleston, S.C., where as director of tennis he helped Seabrook Island Resort achieve awards as one of the top 50 tennis resorts in the United States. While at Yonahlossee, Lake received the 1987 award for design of the No. 2 Court of the Year by Tennis Industry Magazine. Lake's Yonahlossee Senior Clay Court tournament earned Tournament of the Year honors in North Carolina in 2004.
A tennis veteran with over 29 years of playing experience, Lake instructs and designs programs for top-ranked juniors. He regularly trains state, regional and national-caliber players. Over the years, Lake's fundraising tournaments have raised more than $50,000 for area charities.
A two-sport collegiate standout, Lake played both tennis and basketball at Orange County Community College before playing both at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. Lake resides in Boone with his wife, Jana and sons, Bobby and Steven.