CLASS OF 2015
PATRICE (CONEY) MAXAM ‘03
Patrice Coney graduated from Lyons High School in 2003. She was a very successful student and an amazing athlete.
Patrice was a starter on the Varsity Volleyball Team all four years. She was captain her junior and senior years. As a senior the team was undefeated in the Wayne County League and won the championship for the first time since 1984. Patrice was named to the Section V Class C 1st Team three times.
Patrice played basketball in 9th and 10th grade and then changed to indoor track as a junior. This proved to be a wise decision. As a junior, she was an Indoor Track All-Star, Sectional winner and a NYS Qualifier. As a senior, Patrice set school records in the 600 meter run and the high jump. She was a Sectional Champion in the long jump, 55 meter hurdles and the 600 meter run. Patrice was named the Outstanding Women’s Performer at Sectionals and she continued on to the State Meet in the 55 meter hurdles.
Patrice was even more successful in outdoor track. She was a 4x4 Wayne County and Section V Champion in 10th, 11th and 12th grade. She was Wayne County and Section V champion in the pentathlon her junior and senior years. She set the school record for the 800 meters and the pentathlon scoring over 3,000 points. Patrice was named Female Athlete of the Year for 2003.
Patrice received the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship which funded her four year education at the University of Buffalo. While there, Patrice was 5-time Mid-American Conference Champion in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. She was a 4-time regional qualifier. She set 5 school records, indoor 4x4, 60 meter hurdles, pentathlon, outdoor 4x4 and heptathlon. In 2008, she ranked in the top 20 in the country in the heptathlon. She was a team captain her junior and senior years.
Patrice earned a BS in nursing in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in 2012. She is currently working on her doctorate. She has worked as a registered nurse and a nursing professor and is currently employed by Caris Life Science, a bio-technology company. She married Darrel Maxam in 2014. He is a project engineer for EMG. Patrice attributes much of her success to the support of her family and friends.