Richard G. Blackwell “Coach”
Retired from LCS-1977
Upon his arrival at Lyons Central School in 1950, Dick Blackwell moved Lyons into Class A as a legendary coach in the Wayne Finger Lakes League. His sixteen years of coaching created a record of 210 wins and 80 losses for a .724 winning percentage. His team went undefeated in his first season of coaching basketball, winning the Class A Section V title in 1952 with a record of 18-0. By 1954 the Lyons Lions won their second Section V crown in three years. His teams won nine Wayne Finger Lakes titles and were regular Sectional Tournament participants, including a run of seven consecutive years.
During that time, they made it at least to the semi-finals every year. The last six years of his coaching career (1961-1966) showed an outstanding team with 110 wins, 13 losses making a.894 winning percentage. He was the recipient of Coach of the Year honors several times and coached several
Lions players who went on to play Division I in college
In addition to his coaching career, he also was the President of the Wayne County Athletic Association for two years and the Athletic Director at Lyons for ten years. An avid golfer, he was Section V’s Golf Chairman for twelve years and coached the Lyons golf team to their only Section V title in the sport. In 1960 he became the first Pro at the new Wayne Hills Country Club in Lock Berlin.
Always known as the consummate gentleman both on and off the court, he was a fine role model for those he coached, setting the example for playing the games of basketball and of life.