Don Wallen

Inducted 1994

No high school basketball coach in Florida has won more games than former Martin County High school head boys basketball coach Don Wallen. In 32 years as a basketball coach, he won 760 games, while losing only 192, for a .798 winning percentage.

Wallen, a native of Wheelright, Ky., began his coaching career in 1957, and quickly turned the basketball program at his alma mater, Wheelright High School, into one of the most successful in the state. During his nine-year tenure at the school, Wheelright compiled a 219-37 record and won 13 championships.

In 1966, Wallen accepted the head boys basketball coaching position at Martin County in Stuart. Over the next 23 seasons, the Tigers won 541 games, while losing just 155. During this time they also won three state championships (1972,1973 and 1979), two sectional titles, nine regional titles, 13 district titles, 10 conference titles and 10 invitational tournament titles.

Wallen’s program at Martin County was recognized both statewide and nationally as one of excellence. He has earned numerous Coach of the Year Awards, and in 1984 achieved a rear triple feat by being selected by the National High School Coaches Association as the National High School Basketball Coach of the Year and the Florida Athletic Coaches Association as the Florida Coach of the Year, and by being inducted by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association into the FACA Hall of Fame.

Wallen became the first high school basketball coach to be inducted in the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Wallen also experienced success as a college athlete at Georgia Southern, where he earned eight letters – four in basketball and four in baseball – and set the record for highest batting average for a Georgia Southern player at .418. he was inducted in the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame in 1990.

Wallen retired from coaching in 1989 and is now principal at Stuart Middle School.