In Memoriam

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Al Shaw

Al Shaw, former basketball coach, passed away on Nov. 29. He was 102. Shaw coached at Williams for 24 years, achieving a 302-171 record. Three of his teams reached the NCAA tournament, including the 1955 team, which played in the Div. I opening round against Canisius at Madison Square Garden. His Ephs won or tied for 18 Little Three titles and compiled a 30-18 record against Amherst, including 19 consecutive wins in the ’60s. Shaw also was assistant football, baseball and lacrosse coach and a referee in the Big Ten and the National Professional Basketball league, forerunner to the NBA.

He received a Merit Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1970 for his 38 years as a coach. A year later he was selected to coach the New England All-Stars. In 2003 he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Shaw was a star guard at University of Michigan, where he earned a B.A. and a master’s degree. He coached at Dearborn and Ann Arbor high schools and played on three semi-pro teams. He was a U.S. Naval Reservist from 1943-47, co-coaching the Iowa PreFlight Sea Hawks. He is survived by his wife Marion and son John.