John “Jack” Baly

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Jack Baly and basketball were linked for more than 50 years in Delaware, first as a player, then as a school coach and finally as a basketball official. Baly came from Union, NJ, to play under
coach Irv Wisniewski (DSMHOF 2006) at the University of Delaware from 1958-to-1961. His senior season, Baly captained the Blue Hens and was their leading scorer (17 ppg). Some 50-years later – as of
the 2011-12 season – Baly is still among Delaware’s top 50 all-time career scorers. Baly made the decision to make the state his home, coached both high school and junior high basketball, and was a
successful head golf coach at Concord High for 16-years where he also served for a time as the Raiders athletics director. Baly, however, is probably best known as one of Delaware’s most respected
basketball officials – for more than 45-years. Baly was a member of Wilmington-based IAABO Board #11 from 1963 to 2009. During his career he was selected to officiate eight state championship games.
But, Baly served Board #11 in many other ways: rules committee interpreter, executive committee, vice-president, workshop committee chair, membership, ratings committee, etc. Baly founded the Board
#11 mentoring program and assisted in recruiting and training new officials. Baly also served as a volunteer official for a number of charity events like the Delaware Special Olympics, the Diamond
State Girls Classic and the Delaware All-Star games. He received a gold watch and lifetime membership on his retirement from active officiating.



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