Canadian Football Legends
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Frank Shaughnessy bust. A charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Frank (Shag) Shaughnessy
(Charter Member)

Head Coaching Career

Head Coach of McGill University
1912 - 1928

Frank (Shag) Shaughnessy was the first professional football coach to come to Canada, after coaching at Clemson University in South Carolina, where his team rarely lost a game.

The Ottawa Rough Riders offered Shaughnessy $500 to coach the team. McGill said they would double the amount if he could lead their squad to a championship. Shaughnessy decided on McGill, coached the team to the Yates Cup championship, and collected his $1,000. During his time at McGill University, Shaughnessy compiled a 34-34-2 record

Shaughnessy was a marvellous coach, who introduced many new tactics, including: the secondary defence instead of the massed line, blocking for the runner, the huddle and campaigned strongly for the forward pass.

Shaughnessy was well-liked by players and faculty. He coached championship teams, but did not allow football to interfere with his players' studies. When Shaughnessy left Canada in 1932, he had opened up the game and changed it beyond recognition.

Frank (Shag) Shaughnessy is also a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Baseball Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1963 as a builder.

Class of 1963

Harry BatstoneOrmand BeachJoseph BreenD. Wes BrownLionel ConacherErnest Cox

John DeGruchySeppi DuMoulinEddie EmersonWilliam C. FouldsHugh GallAlbert Henry George Grey

Harry Crawford GriffithFrank J. HannibalMelvin HansonJack JacobsEddie JamesJoe Krol

Alexander Smirle LawsonFrank LeadlayPercival MolsonNorman PerryRuss RebholzEdward Reeve

Alvin RitchieJeff RusselFrank ShaughnessyBen SimpsonDavid SpragueNeil Joseph Taylor

Brian Timmis

Shaughnessy, Frank (Shag)
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