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Francis Fran McHugh

Category

Builder

Sport

Multi-Sport

Hometown

St. Stephen

Year Inducted

1997

Sport Ambassador

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Francis "Fran" McHugh

HONOURED MEMBER

Biography

Fran McHugh’s career as a basketball, soccer, baseball and track and field athlete began in St. Stephen.In 1961 he was honoured as the best all-round athlete at the University of New Brunswick. His greatest sporting impact, however, has been as a nationally and internationally rated and respected basketball and baseball official and clinician, an avocation that he combined with an exemplary teaching career in Saint John. He has conducted more than 550 clinics for officials throughout Atlantic Canada.To each of these he has brought the expertise that comes from officiating at six CIAU championships as well as at world competitions from Brazil to Yugoslavia, and from Moscow and Montreal to Toronto and Taiwan. Further evidence of his international reputation for excellence can be found in his selection to umpire at the World Junior baseball championships in August of 1997. Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 7, 1997

Quick Facts

  • Umpired at the 1997 World Junior Baseball Championships in Moncton 

  • Appointed by Baseball Canada as a national clinician and master course conductor 

  • Has participated at the Canada Games as an athlete, coach and official 

  • Officiated at the CIAU basketball tournament six times 

  • Member of the NB Association of Approved Basketball Officials since 1957 

  • Won the Executive of the Year Award in 1979 

  • Earned a Certificate of Appreciation from Baseball Canada in 1990