Fred Whalley

ImageFrederick Thomas Whalley

Born: January 29, 1934
Died: April 17, 2014

Member: Oshawa (Ont.) Sports Hall of Fame (2009)

Fred Whalley coached the junior Oshawa (Ont.) Green Gaels to four consecutive Minto Cup national championships from 1963-66. He then coached the Brooklin (Ont.) Redmen to the final of the senior Mann Cup championship in 1967, losing to the Vancouver Carlings in six games.

In 1968, Whalley became general manager and coach of the Montreal Canadiens of the professional National Lacrosse Association. (He was preceded in the job by NHL tough guy John Ferguson and was succeeded by retired NHL tough guy Bucko McDonald.)

Earlier, Whalley coached the Oshawa Hawks basketball team to the Ontario intermediate-A title in 1962. He had also been manager of the Oshawa Shopping Centre All-Stars, Ontario’s intermediate-B champions in 1959.

Whalley also served for many years on the executives of minor basketball and lacrosse leagues. He was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame as a multi-sport builder in 2009.

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