CLASS OF 2016
Roger Clark graduated from St. Bonaventure University where he played three years of Varsity Baseball and Varsity Soccer. His senior year he was Captain, MVP and an All-American nominee in Soccer. He coached basketball for eight years before coming to Lyons. He started coaching in Lyons in 1975. Roger began the first ever Cross Country program in Lyons that year. He coached the team for eleven seasons and served as League Coordinator. During that time, they had six individual conference champions and two state meet representatives.
In 1975, Roger began coaching outdoor track and field at Lyons as an assistant, working with Ron Wheat. He became the boys’ head coach in 1981 until 2006 when the program became co-ed. He has coached the co-ed program from 2006 to the present. During that time, he won twelve sectional titles, four as an assistant and eight as boys’ head coach. Also, there were multiple Conference Championships with a run of five straight from 1993 to 1997. Roger has coached multiple individual sectional champions and many of his athletes have gone on to compete at the collegiate level.
In 1999, Roger started the Indoor Track and Field program and he has coached the team from its inception to the present. The team is highly successful and has produced eight overall individual Section V Champions, eight State Meet representatives, three National Meet participants, multiple individual Sectional Class Champions and one girls’ sectional team class championship.
Roger was selected Section V Coach of the Year twice and was honored by the Wayne Finger Lakes Officials Association for twenty-five years of outstanding service. In 2010, he organized the Lyons Track and Field Invitational and has been the meet director for the past seven seasons. He was also instrumental in hosting Section V Class Championships at Lyons in 2014 and 2016.
Roger is married to Rita and together they own and operate the Lyons Floral Shoppe and Memorials. He has two daughters, Karen (Brian) and Elizabeth (Chris) and three grandchildren Ethan, Audrey and Elijah. Roger also serves as a lay trustee at St. Joseph the Worker Parish and is chair of the Pastoral Council.