Mary Lou Wheat
Retired from LCS-2003
Mary Lou (Carlineo) Wheat, taught in the Lyons Central School District from 1970 until 2003. During her tenure at Lyons, starting with the 1971-72 school year, she was instrumental in the founding of the Girls Athletic Program not only at LCS but also in Wayne County.
She was the first coach for the Lady Lions soccer team, winning the league championship in 1972. The early era of the girl’s basketball team did not lose in their first two seasons and won three consecutive league championships with Coach Wheat at the helm. Under her guidance, the Lady Lions won the school’s first league championship in track. During her career she also led the Cheerleading squad and coached the Lyons Volleyball Team, which reached two Section V Finals.
As a teacher, Mary Lou was twice recognized as Lyons’ teacher of the year and had the LCS Yearbook dedicated to her in 2003. She was involved in the development of the modern day approach to Physical Education, which included the implementation of lifetime sports and introduction of Project Adventure, resulting in the creation of a climbing wall in the Atwood Gymnasium. She also served as President of the Lyons Teachers Association for more than ten years.
Mary Lou remains in Lyons where she is enjoying retirement with her husband Ron. They have two children, Kelly and Casey.