CLASS OF 1980
Russel graduated from Lyons Central School District in 1980 and was named Male Athlete of the Year. He wore # 84 during his football career. In 1979, he was selected as First Team Fingerlakes West Offensive Split End and Second Team Finger Lakes West Defensive Back, and All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention Split End. He was also the team kicker, doing both kickoffs and punts. He still holds the school record for the longest punt of 72 yards against Mynderse Academy his Junior Year. He received The Albert S. Atwood Award and The Player With Unlimited Desire “PUD” Award.
Russel played on the 1979-80 State Championship Basketball Team. During basketball, he received the Player With Unlimited Desire Award.
Russel ran varsity track for all four (4) years of high school. During his junior year, he set a school record and won sectionals in the 440 yard dash with a time of 52.5 seconds, and high jumped 6'2". He also ran a 22.9 second split on the Section V State Meet 880 yard Relay Team, with a county and school record of 1:31.8. During his senior year, he won sectionals in the 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles. He was the MVP of the track team.
Russel ran track in college at Herkimer CCC, where he established the 4 x 400 Relay school record of 3:26.7, with a 50.9 second split. He also won the Region III Championships with a 15.8 second 110 high hurdles time.
In 1989, he received his Associates in Science Degree from Herkimer CCC, and his Bachelors in Science from SUNY Brockport in 1991. In 1997, he received his Master in Science in Adapted Physical Education with Teacher Certification.
In June 1995, Russel married his wife, Karen, a paralegal, and they have two wonderful daughters, Sarah (a Federal Agent and Adjunct Professor at FLCC) and Jessica (an Attorney and Law Clerk), and four grandchildren. Russ and Karen live in Marbletown (outside of Newark) with their 3 whippets, a Russian wolfhound, a cat and 4 chickens. He has coached Track and Field for the past 28 years, and currently works at Clyde Savannah CSD.