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SPORT | Volleyball

POSITION | Coach, Official

YEAR OF INDUCTION | 2008

Builders

Lahey, Dale

Dale, was raised in the Merlin area and attended Merlin District High School where he played volleyball for coach Mort Giles. During his 30.5 years of teaching at CKSS, he has devoted countless hours, along with other coaches, to build the school’s outstanding volleyball program into one of the best in the province. In addition, he has been instrumental in developing out-of-school volleyball programs for adults and youths in the community.  

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Dale, was raised in the Merlin area and attended Merlin District High School where he played volleyball for coach Mort Giles. During his 30.5 years of teaching at CKSS, he has devoted countless hours, along with other coaches, to build the school’s outstanding volleyball program into one of the best in the province. In addition, he has been instrumental in developing out-of-school volleyball programs for adults and youths in the community.  

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Volleyball at CKSS – 1973-1998

Coached countless Kent championships at all levels (midget, junior, and senior) – in 22 year span (1977-1998) went to 18 OFSAA championships many at a higher level than required

Won 2 gold’s (1989, 1993) and 4 bronze medals as head coach and 2 golds (1990, 1991) as assistant coach

Convened 2 OFSAA tournaments (1980, 1990)

1980s-90s – initiated and convened Kent boys all-star nights


Club Volleyball

Co-founded, with wife Ingrid, Chatham Ballhawks Volleyball Club with teams in men’s, women’s, coed, boy’s, and girl’s competitions

1975-1989 – coached men’s, women’s, and boy’s teams – continues now to coach youth boy’s and girl’s teams

1982-player/coach of men’s team that won Ontario “A” gold medal and Eastern Canada bronze medal

1985 – coached women’s team that won Ontario “B” silver medal

1989 – coached women’s team that won Ontario “B” gold medal

2007-2008 – co-coached a beach girls doubles team in Provincials and Nationals

1976 – founded Southwestern Ontario Men’s and Women’s Leagues – convened and coached in league until 1989

1991 until present – convener and often coach in Region 3 18U Boy’s Developmental League

1991 – co-coached, with Ingrid, Boy’s Ontario Summer Games team to gold medal

1996-2005 – coach at Tim Horton’s Summer Volleyball Camp

1980-1985 – coach at Olympia Volleyball Camp at Huntsville

since 1976 – Ontario Volleyball Association Provincial Official

1976-1990 – ran local officials’ clinics for OVA

2001-2008 – founder and president of Chatham-Kent Volleyball Officials Association with responsibilities to oversee, assign, and pay officials


Outside Volleyball

1991-1996 – CKSS junior soccer coach – Kent champion all 6 years and SWOSSAA champion 5 of 6

1992 – Chatham Minor Soccer 14U Travel Team coach

1973-1978 – CKSS wrestling coach with 2 OFSAA appearances

1973-2007 – CKSS badminton coach – 1 senior and 1 junior Kent Championship and 4 OFSAA appearances

1972 – Merlin Juvenile boys baseball manager who were OBA silver medalist

1987, 1988, & 1990 – Chatham Minor Baseball travel team manager – OBA Pee Wee silver medalist in ’88

1976 & 1977 – Chatham Minor Baseball Instructor

1973-2007 – baseball and slo-pitch umpire



Awards & Recognitions

1987 – OVA “Award of Recognition”

1988 – OVA “Award of Achievement”

1993 – OFSAA “Award for Leadership in School Sport”

1995 – Board of Education “Award of Appreciation”

2005 – CKSS “Outstanding Contribution to Athletics”

2006 – Admitted to OVA Quarter Century Club for 25 years’ service

2006 – Retired Teachers of Ontario Volunteer Award