Jack Vallely
Jack Vallely
Organization: Curry College (MA)
Year: 2009 Inductee

In his 51 year career, Curry College's Jack Vallely amassed a record of 726-278-55 (.727). Vallely began his coaching career at Curry in 1948. His teams enjoyed a national reputation and led the nation in batting four times. During his tenure, 40 of his players signed professional baseball contracts. Most importantly, all but one graduated.

Coach Vallely received countless national awards and accolades including ABCA/Rawlings Coach of the Year honors, the Louisville Slugger Award for outstanding coaching achievement, the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year, the College "All Star" Game Coach, the Boston Globe Sportsman of the Year as well as other awards in recognition of leadership and devotion to collegiate baseball. In 1991, Vallely became the first coach inducted into the Curry College Athletic hall of Fame.

Coach Vallely celebrated his 50th season in grand style, clinching a 700th career win, sweeping the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament for a second win in three years and advancing to the final four in the ECAC Tournament. On June 29, 1997 Curry celebrated Jack Vallely Day with the Red Sox at Fenway Park where Vallely threw out the first pitch.

On February 6, 1998 Vallely was voted by his fellow coaches throughout the nation Collegiate Baseball's co-recipient of "College Coach of the Century" in the NCAA Division III.

Vallely did not limit his coaching success to baseball. The durable coach also was basketball coach at Curry from 1948 to 1963, compiling an amazing record of 397 wins and 77 losses (.838).

Additionally Jack was a professional baseball scout for over 40 years, earning four championship rings from the Reds, Mets and A's. Most recently he served as scouting supervisor for the Cleveland Indians. He also spent four years as sports director for radio station WCRB.

Beyond the realm of athletics, Vallely served Curry College with distinction in a number of capacities including: Athletic Director, Director of Admission, Vice President, Purchasing Director, Director of Campus Services, and Special Assistant to the President.

In what has to be his greatest honor, Curry College named its baseball field Jack Vallely Diamond in 1998.