The UNB Varsity Reds are mourning the passing of former UNB Athletic Director and men’s volleyball coach, Malcolm Early. He passed away Thursday, in Guelph, Ontario. Early was 85.
Early joined the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation in 1967. He taught and coached at UNB until his retirement, in 1993.
Early served as UNB’s Athletic Director from 1977 until 1983. He coached the men’s volleyball team from 1967 until 1980, with the exception of 1974, when Early was on sabbatical. Under Early’s direction, the men’s team won four AUAA championships. Early also coached UNB’s power-house cross country team to five consecutive AUAA titles.
In 2000, UNB men’s volleyball alumni established the Malcolm Early Merit Award. It’s given annually to a full-time student, on the Fredericton campus, who has achieved at least a 3.0 GPA and has demonstrated special athletic ability in volleyball.
In 2005, Early was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame for his work as a builder in numerous sports. Before arriving at UNB, he coached high school soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country and track and field teams. Early led Fredericton High School teams to ten provincial titles in three sports.
Early was a founding member of the New Brunswick Volleyball Association and was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Volleyball Association.
Since retiring from UNB, Malcolm and his wife Glenys have made their home in Guelph.
Malcolm Early is survived by his wife, three children and five grandchildren.
There will be no funeral, but the family is planning a simple celebration of a life well lived.
The Varsity Reds extend our deepest sympathies to the Early family.