Frank was born in Govan a small district of Glasgow Scotland, where he had the privilege of playing and being friends with whom he regarded as the best coach in the world, Sir Alec Ferguson.
After his start with Hamilton British Imperials and winning the League, League Cup and the Spectator Cup with Hamilton Superga in 1966, Frank played professionally for Washington Darts, Miami Gatos, and Toronto Metros. In 1974 he played on the same team as the greatest player in history, Brazilian soccer star Pele, with the New York Cosmos. Frank was Head Coach of the Ontario Soccer Association for 4 years. He served as the Canadian Soccer Association, U20 Head Coach at the National Training Center at Mc Master University for 8 years and held a consulting appointment in Alberta. He was named Canadian Director at the Sheffield United Academy with the responsibility of identifying and developing local players.
While in Hamilton, Donlavey, headed up the Mc Master Women’s soccer team. He coached the Marauders to 4 National Championships appearances winning gold in 1991 and bronze in 1997. Under his guidance Mc Master won an impressive 33 consecutive games. Coach Donlavey has been named CIS Coach of the Year, OAU Coach of the Year on two occasions, OAU West division Coach of the Year, and Mc Master Friend of Distinction Award. He had the honour of being the first coach in North America to hold an “A” license in both the US and Canada.
Canada was a great mentor, player and coach of the beautiful game of soccer.