First Name: Donald John
Last Name: Loney
Sport: Football
Inductee Type: Builder
Year Inducted: 1981
Home Town: Ottawa, ON
County: Outside Nova Scotia

An Ottawa native, Donald John Loney had a very active playing career with the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Roughriders, and Calgary Stampeders. Although an All-Canadian in the Canadian Football League, Loney is recognized for his coaching contribution in Nova Scotia.

Known as the “Father of Maritime Football,” Loney has coached not only at the intercollegiate level, but also with the navy. While with the navy, he coached H.M.C.S. Stadacona to a 7-0-0 record. He then coached the Shearwater Naval Air Station for two years, compiling a 17-2-0 record.

Loney’s greatest accomplishments came at the intercollegiate level. Over a seventeen-year period (1957-1973), he and the X-Men compiled a 133-31-2 record. This record included nine conference titles, four Atlantic Bowls, and the 1966 College Bowl.

Donald passed away on June 19th, 2004.


• Known as the “Father of Maritime Football”
• X-Men Record 133-31-2
• Career rec. 157-33-2 best intercoll. FB in Canada
• Awarded Centennial Medal
• Province of NS Recognition Award
• Inducted in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
• Inducted in the St. F.X. Sport Hall of Fame
• Inducted in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame
• Inducted in the Canadian Forces Hall of Fame
• Inducted in the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame