|George Dales (1922-2017)|
"John Bork called me a little after 9 last night to tell me our coach , whom we planned to visit on the 9th of October, had passed away around 8pm. He was 95 last month and in waning health."
"He coached two NCAA individual champions in track and field in Ira Murchison and John as well as two back-to-back team NCAA championships in cross country in 1964-1965. He made many academic contributions to the sport after his retirement in 1970, both nationally and internationally and did tireless work, much of it gratis, on behalf of track and field in many capacities including pursuing scientific advances as well as administrative positions spanning well into the new millenium."
|Coach Dales with the majority of those 1964 and 1965 NCAA Cross Country Team Champions|
"George Dales was born in West Virginia in 1922 and moved to Cleveland in mid-childhood where his Greek father set up a confectionary store. After attending Miami University as a gymnist just short of a degree, he went into the service and with his unusual accumen and skills, was rapidly promoted within the US Navy, where aboard an advanced cruiser, the USS Alaska, he spent much of WWII creating and carrying out physical fitness programs as well as basketball competitions. He also accompanied the US Marines into China in the role of medic to rescue civilian personnel of many different nationalities caught by the occupation by the Japanese of portions of China."
"After the war, he returned to complete his degree, taught and coached in Cleveland for a short time, married his beloved Christine, then sought an advanced degree in PE @ UMich and became Don Canham's assistant there before being offered the head coaching job at Western Michigan, where he had numerous All Americans in both X-C and T&F. He is survived by four daughters,
And, as they say, the rest is .... now ...... history."
This remembrance came to us from Paul O'Shea written by one of Coach Dales' daughters
-“A car is a tool---it doesn’t need to have a radio.”
Refer to that 1965 XC Season
George Dales and His Western Michigan XC Legacy This very good article just appeared today.
Article on George Dales by Paul O'Shea Originally Appearing in Cross Country Journal