On April 15, 2000 Jack was honored once again at Spring Sports Weekend. The
event was designed to encourage support for the Colonels’ baseball, softball,
men’s tennis, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse programs. Curry used this
event to further recognizing Jack’s awesome contributions to Curry Athletics and
October 24, 1998, Jack Vallely received a well-deserved
recognition after 51 years of service to Curry College. The
Curry College Baseball Diamond was dedicated to him on
Jack Vallely is truly a legend among collegiate baseball
mentors. Vallely has amassed incredible records – many of
which may remain forever. Vallely was the longest active
college baseball coach in the nation. In 51 years of
coaching Vallely never missed a game or practice. His career
record of 726 wins—278 losses and 4 ties (72.7 winning
percentage) places him among the elite in the college
coaching ranks. Vallely began his coaching career at Curry
College in 1948 when the college was located on Commonwealth
Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay.
Jack Vallely is truly a legend among collegiate baseball mentors. Vallely has
amassed incredible records – many of which may remain forever. Vallely was the
longest active collegiate baseball coach in the nation. In his 51 years of
coaching he never missed a game or practice. His career record of 726 wins, 278
losses and 5 ties (.727 average) places him among the elite in the college
Vallely began his coaching career at Curry College in 1948. Since then his teams
have enjoyed a national reputation and have led the nation in batting four times
(1976, 1989, 1993, 1994, his 1995 team finished just .0002 behind the national
leader). During his tenure 40 of his players have signed professional baseball
contracts. Most importantly, all but one graduated.
Coach Vallely has received countless national awards and accolades including
Coach of the Year honors from the ABCA, 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. On October 19, 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 77 losses (.838 average) including victories over University
of Chicago, Indiana Tech and McGill University (then the Canadian Olympic Team).
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 has also 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.
A resident of Newton, MA, Jack and his late wife, Dorothy, have five children
and four grandchildren. His son, Brian, was his Assistant Coach for over 20
In what has to be his greatest honor, On October 24, 1998 Curry College
dedicated its baseball field “Jack Vallely Diamond.”
On February 9, 1999 while suiting up for his 52nd season opening practice,
Jack suffered a major stroke which ended his coaching career, however he still
remains an active and beloved fixture in the Curry community.