During Rod Verkey’s high school days, he played football, basketball and baseball. During his senior year he was voted Most Valuable Lineman in football and was second team All-State at end. Rod was the team captain in basketball. He was also second in the league in scoring and was named MVP his senior year. During Rod’s senior year he was voted Outstanding Senior athlete.
Rod attended college at SUNY Cortland. During his freshmen year, he participated in football, basketball, and track. Rod played football for three years and was captain for his last two. During his football career at SUNY Cortland he set numerous records and was an All-American his junior year. He graduated with school records for most touchdowns in a season and in a career. Additionally, he captained the basketball team. He even won outstanding Athlete of the Year. Before becoming a teacher he spent a two years in professional football playing for the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills.
Rod taught Physical Education and coached at Cazenovia, Union Springs, and South Seneca. He then became a physical education teacher and athletic director at Lyons until his retirement in 2001. While at Lyons he coached football, basketball, and baseball. Most of his coaching success came from basketball, where he boasted a record of 128-29, an 81.4% winning percentage. He also won three county titles and three sectional championships. In 1980 his team won the New York State Class C Championship.
Rod’s has won numerous awards, including being inducted into the Section V Football Hall of Fame, the Cortland Athletics Hall of Fame, and winning Section V Coach of the Year three times, and being named the Section V Athletic Director of the Year in 2001. He has also been involved with the Boys Basketball Committee since 1975. Rod is married to Charlene and is the father to three sons, Jason, Matt, and Andrew.