Born February 25, 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Graduate of Milwaukee Washington High School BS Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison MS Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison
Coached football at:
Berlin High School 1952;
Milwaukee Rufus King High School 1953-59; and
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1960-70.
His high School record was 43 wins, 18 losses, ties, three conference championships, and 1 undefeated season.
Wally graduated from Milwaukee Washington High School where he was captain of the team his senior year under Coach Lisle Blackbourn. Wally then went to the University of Wisconsin and played on the freshmen team before going to Michigan with the Marine Corps reserves. At Michigan he played on a championship team.
Wally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and served for three years in Okinawa during World War II.
After the war he returned to Madison where he played football from 1946-48. He was captain of the team in 1948, and also played in the Blue-Gray post-season game.
In 1949, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears and Coach George Halas. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1950 and played for two years under coach Gene Ronzani.
Wally's football coaching career started at Berlin High School in 1952. That year he took a team that hadn't won a game in three years and coached it to four victories. He also coached basketball at Berlin. He then moved to Milwaukee Rufus King. At King he won city championships in 1955, 1956 and 1958. Wally's teams were undefeated in state play for 15 straight games between 1957 and 1959.
In 1960, Wally was named Head Football Coach and Assistant Professor of Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He coached football until 1971, and retired as Associate Professor of Physical Education and Human Kinetics in 1988.
Over the years Wally has been active in both professional and volunteer organizations. He was Vice President of the Milwaukee Coach's Association, member of the Wisconsin Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Wisconsin Coaches Association and Phi Epsilon Kappa. In 1976, Wally received a teaching award from the Wisconsin Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He was also a member of the AAHPER and the American Football Coaches Association. Wally has been an American Red Cross volunteer for over 35 years and is a first aid and CPR instructor. Hundreds of Wally's players and students are now physical education teachers and coaches in our state and across the country.
Tag(s): Hall of Fame