LINCOLN -- He was best known for his "Wallyball" style of basketball for many years on the high school basketball scene in Lincoln. Former Lincoln Southeast boys basketball coach and athletic director Wally McNaught died Wednesday evening at the age of 81, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Former Nebraska football player Craig Sundberg played basketball for McNaught during his three years at Southeast, which included trips to the Class A finals in 1978 and '79 along with a semifinal finish in 1980. He says McNaught was a man of high-character and moral values. Aldie Johnson, who coached at Lincoln High against McNaught, remained close friends with him after retirement. He says McNaught had done a great job as president of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame. Dick Beecher is the executive director of the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame, for which McNaught served on the board of directors, tells KFOR Sports that McNaught has been a big part of expanding the hall of fame to where it is today. Former Lincoln East basketball coach Paul Forch credits McNaught in helping promote basketball and other high school sports, including the organization off the annual All-Star basketball games through the Nebraska Coaches Association. Forch called McNaught "great for the coaching profession." It was Forch who is credited with coining the term "Wallyball", which was a slow-tempo offense. Defense was McNaught's specialty, according to his former colleagues. McNaught is a member of the Nebraska High School Sports and Lincoln Southeast Athletic Halls of Fame. Services for McNaught are pending.
Wally McNaught (Courtesy of LPS)