Dale Shackleford was a highly gifted player for the Utica Notre Dame Jugglers basketball team. Recruited by more than 200 schools, “Shack” decided to attend nearby Syracuse University where he was a rare four-year starter, including being the first freshman to start for former head coach Roy Danforth. He also started at all five positions at one point in his career, including center, notwithstanding his 6’6” frame.
After graduation, Shack was drafted in the sixth round of the NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns but failed to make the team. Not letting that deter him, Shack played professionally in Chile and Italy, before finding his next “home” in England. Shack’s professional career blossomed in the British Basketball League where he played for 10 years and was a player-coach the last three seasons. He was one of the all-time great players in the league, with the highest career rebound per game average when he retired.
Shack has settled back into Utica where he was inducted into the Utica Hall of Fame in 2004. Serving as an ambassador for both Syracuse University and the City of Utica, he is well connected with both the sports and business communities in Central New York. He attends as many sporting events as his schedule allows, served as an assistant coach at Herkimer Community College, does radio and television broadcasting and works with young basketball players in camps and clinics throughout Central New York. Shack donates countless hours as a motivational speaker, stressing core values of hard work and responsibility and assisting with numerous charities and events.
At all times, he has his finger on the pulse of the CNY Sport Community lifestyle.