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Profile 2 - Frank Halligan

By Stephen Petrick with photography by Kristen Ritchie

Gene O'Reilly"Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” famous football coach Vince Lombardi once said. To another coach, one who’s famous in the confines of the Kingston community, that’s not true. Frank Halligan is a bigger fan of John Wooden, renowned UCLA basketball coach, who had a more philosophical attitude. He can quote, by memory, one of Wooden’s most noted sayings: “Success comes from the peace of mind of knowing you did your best to become the best you’re capable of becoming.”

Frank is now retired from a decades-long career in education and athletics that brought him before classrooms of Kingston’s two Catholic high schools and onto numerous sports fields and basketball courts in the city, representing the Holy Cross Crusaders, Regiopolis Notre-Dame Panthers and, for a time, even the Queen’s Golden Gaels. But as he reflects on those years, he doesn’t recall the championships he won or cite win-loss records from various seasons. His legacy is having a positive impact on the hundreds of students he has taught and coached (including his own three sons), not to mention other coaches and teaching candidates he has mentored through other roles. . . .

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