CLASS OF 2004
Ron Smith was a three sport athlete: football, basketball and track.
In football, Ron played on both sides of the ball. His coach, Randy Wadhams, said, “Ron was the guy that would do anything you asked him to do”. He as All-Conference Defensive Back 2nd Team his junior year and 1st Team as a senior. He averaged 5/6 tackles per game. On offense, he played running back averaging 4 yards per carry as a junior and 5 yards per carry as a senior.
Ron was also a very good basketball player. As a junior, the team won their 14th Sectional V Title, a record 9th for Coach Dean Schott. As a senior, the team was Wayne County League Champions with a record of 19-2. Ron was 1st Team All-League, Honorable Mention Fab 5 and named to the Sectional All-Tournament Team. He finished with77% from the free throw line, averaged 12 points per game, six rebounds per game and had 33 steals.
Ron really excelled in track. His sophomore year he was 1st Team All-League in the discus, 2nd in discus at sectionals, County Champ discus and his team won Sectionals Class CC. His junior year he was 1st Team All-League in the discus, 2nd Team 200 meters, County Champ in the discus. In sectionals Class C, he was 3rd in the 200 meters, 3rd in the 100 meters, 1st in the 4x100 relay and the team won sectionals. In his senior year, Ron qualified for states in discus and the 4x100 relay. He was 1st Team All-League discus, 1st Team 4x100 relay, County Champ in the discus and sectional champion discus Class C. During his four years the team won three sectional championships and was runner-up once. Ron was co-athlete of the year his senior year.
Ron graduated from Alfred University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He just recently graduated from EMT and Fire Academy and is employed as a firefighter/EMT with Brevard County Fire Rescue.
None of us would be here tonight if it wasn’t for Ron Smith. For his senior benchmark project he worked with Eric Kuhn to create the Lyons Athletic Hall of Fame. In the past 14 years we have honored hundreds of athletes all because of his idea.