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James Garvey Donlevy (April 16, 1937 – August 4, 2019) was a Canadian football coach. He coached the Alberta Golden Bears of the University of Alberta from 1971 to 1981 and 1984 to his resignation in 1990,[1][2] amassing a record of 86–69–3 and winning the Vanier Cup championship in 1972 and 1980. The Bears appeared in the College Bowl in 1971, 1972, 1980, and 1981 with Donlevy coaching. He later worked for the Western Hockey League as an educational consultant.[3][4][5] He was born in McLennan, Alberta and attended St. Joseph High School in Edmonton. He was a teacher with Edmonton Catholic Schools before joining the University of Alberta in 1970.[6] Donlevy died of cancer at the age of 82 on August 4, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.[7][8]

Jim Donlevy
Biographical details
Born(1937-04-16)April 16, 1937
McLennan, Alberta, Canada
DiedAugust 4, 2019(2019-08-04) (aged 82)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record


  1. ^ Donlevy resigns as Bears coach; Alumni cash hunt steps into gear: [Final Edition] ROBIN BROWNLEE Journal Staff Writer. Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 23 Jan 1991: D1.
  2. ^ Donlevy learns life after football: [Final Edition] Short, John. Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 25 July 1991: D3.
  3. ^ Donlevy will educate juniors: [Final Edition] Short, John. Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 02 Dec 1992: D3.
  4. ^ WHL is helping fill Canadian universities with top-notch student/ athletes: [Final Edition] Tait, Cam. Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 29 Mar 2005: D3.
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  6. ^ U of A Sports Wall of Fame; Eleventh Annual Dinner; JAMES G. (JIM) DONLEVY: [FINAL Edition] Edmonton Journal [Edmonton, Alta] 08 Apr 1996: B.5.
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