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Exactly how good was Wayne Allison as a basketball
player? "He was the best big man in
the history of Wooster
basketball," says Allison's former coach and current athletic director Al
Van Wie without hesitation. "He came
to Wooster with a lot of raw
talent, but it was his persistence that made him successful. He was an incredible competitor."
sports editor Brian Questel concurs, adding, "He was one of those guys who
had a tremendous capacity to compete. He played in the shadows of some great
players, but it was the little things he did that helped to make those players
great, and never complained about getting less attention than his
The two players to which Questel referred happened to be Sam
Dixon and Fred Baker - two of the finest in Wooster
basketball history. They were the ones who received most of the attention and
captured most of the headlines, but there was no mistaking Wayne's
role in the Scot's success. In fact, he
was Wooster's top scorer and
rebounder in 1976-77 and 1977-78. As a
junior, when the Scots finished 20-7 overall, and 10-2 in the Ohio Athletic
Conference he averaged 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. as Wooster
finished 21-6 overall and 10-2 in the OAC while advancing to the NCAA South
Regional in Lexington, Kentucky.
A native Canadian, Wayne
came to Wooster because he wanted
to play basketball in the United States. He was the Scot's starting center for three
seasons and at 7-foot-7, 215 lbs., he was an imposing figure. In addition to being named All-Conference
twice and third-team All-American once, he served as Wooster's
caption and was named most Valuable Player twice.
After graduating from Wooster
with a degree in physical education in 1978, Wayne
returned to his homeland where he earned a master's degree in education at BrockUniversity. While in pursuit of advanced degrees, he
never lost his enthusiasm for basketball.
In fact, he was a member of the Canadian National Team.
Today, he and wife Purdy (Eileen) live in Watertown,
Ontario, and it should come as no surprise
that he is still deeply involved in basketball.
He is head coach at SheridanCollege,
something that makes his former coach very happy and very proud.