Harry Lumley is one of Canada’s best high school football coaches. Several of his players have gone on to find significant success at the collegiate and professional levels.
Lumley was born on December 14, 1945 in Windsor.
At Herman Collegiate, Lumley played under Coach Godfrey Janisse, himself a member of the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.
In adulthood, Lumley took a job at Herman and began to coach football. Over the course of a remarkable career, Lumley has won 20 city championships as either an assistant or head coach. In 1996 and ’99, his Herman teams were adjudged to be the best in Canada. Lumley was a finalist for the NFL High School Coach of the Year Award for the USA in 2009 and for Canada in ’11.
Away from Herman, Lumley was the offensive coordinator for the AKO Fratmen in 1987 and ’88, when the team led the nation in offence.
Several of Lumley’s protégés have enjoyed significant careers in the game. Most notably, Oshiomogho “O.J.” Atogwe earned a football scholarship to Stanford University and eventually became the school’s defensive captain. A third-round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams, he went on to play seven seasons in the National Football League with the Rams and the Washington Redskins.
Dan Lumley, his son, earned a scholarship to Kentucky, while Chris Rwabakumba (Duke), Matt Hale (Syracuse), Gerald Lewis (Eastern Michigan), and Vlad Kontic (Western Michigan) also went on to play at the university level.
While he his best known for his career in football, Lumley also achieved significant success as a baseball coach. Specifically, Lumley coached the Windsor Mic Macs to consecutive Canadian Juveniles Championships in 1977 and ’78. Previously, he coached the 1975 Mic Macs to a Michigan Regional title and an appearance at the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.