Jim Donlevy (BPE BEd '61, MA 75) is remembered for the tremendous impact he made with Golden Bears football, as well as in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, and for sport throughout Western Canada while at the Western Hockey League and with Canada West.
Donlevy passed away on August 4th at the age of 82. His funeral will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Okotoks, at 1:00 p.m. on August 13th, 2019.
A passionate coach and sport administrator, Donlevy began coaching at the Bantam level in Edmonton, and went on to coach at every nonprofessional level of the game in Edmonton. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Huskies, where he helped the CJFL squad to a Prairie conference championship, and two Canadian league titles (1962 and 1963).
Following graduation from the U of A he taught, coached, and served as a physical education consultant with the Edmonton Catholic School Board before accepting an academic appointment to the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation in 1970. He was eventually promoted to Associate Professor in 1976.
His time with Golden Bear football began as an assistant in 1965 under the legendary Gino Fracas, and he helped the Bears win the 1967 Vanier Cup as an assistant to Clare Drake. Donlevy was named head coach in 1971, and he spent 26 seasons on the sidelines with the gridiron Bears, including 18 seasons as the program’s head coach. He oversaw perhaps the most successful time in Golden Bears football history, amassing a program record 93 wins, as well as capturing two of the program’s three Vanier Cups (1972 & 1980) and five Canada West titles (1971, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1981).