Hall of Fame Class of 2004

    • Dr. Myron E. Carmer (1934) 

      Myron Carmer played on the 1933 Basketball and Football Championship teams for Lyons Union School before going to Hamilton College.

      While at Hamilton, he was one of six seniors awarded the highest honors for scholarship in the Pentagon Society.  All-around participation in campus activities and sports included starring in football, basketball, and baseball. He continued to earn a medical degree at Columbia University and served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve during WWII. 

      In 1947, he returned to Lyons following in his father’s medical footsteps by practicing at E.J. Barber Hospital on the corner of Lawrence and Phelps Street. By the time he retired in 1980, he owned the Barber Hospital and had practiced medicine there for over 37 years. He was well known to the students as the school physician and showed compassion and interest in the athletes.

      Wayne County residents have a high regard for Dr. Carmer who was active in the community.  He served on the Board of Directors at the Lyons National Bank and in 1971 was presented with a plaque by the Lyons Chamber of Commerce as "Man of the Year."

      Donald Raymond Murphy (1952)

      Beginning in the late 1940s, Donald Murphy played four varsity years of football, basketball, and baseball. The 1951-52 basketball season was a proud moment for Don Murphy as he played on the first Lyons team to win the New York State Section 5 Class A championship.

      He loved the fellowship and lifelong friendships that developed from sports. His admiration and respect for all coaches were strong; especially for Dick Blackwell, who instilled his players to be gentlemen both on and off the basketball court. He went on to St. Lawrence University.

      He stayed in Lyons and served as the Business Manager for Lyons Central School for 25 years while following the many school activities of his three children and grandchildren. Upon his death in 1998, his family and friends contributed to the Lyons Field House in his memory.

      Spencer DeVito (1956)

      Spencer DeVito lettered as a starter in varsity football, baseball, and basketball for four years and played tennis for one year at Lyons Central School.  He was and still is regarded by long time Lyons sports fans as the best football player to graduate from Lyons. 

      He was also a stand out defensive player on Coach Dick Blackwell’s 1954 Class A Section V Championship team. He went on to play football and lacrosse at Hobart College. He later furthered his education at SUNY Brockport with a B.S. in Education, then a Special Education degree from Syracuse University, and finally two Masters Degrees from the University of Alaska. 

      He became part of the education system for 25 years, from football coach to elementary school teacher and ending as an school administrator. When he retired in 1985, he was directing programs in the area of correspondence in Alaska for 21 schools with over 10,000 students.

      He was recently awarded Alaska’s "Pioneer Award" for being instrumental in playing a major role in the development of Alaska’s Tourism on the Kenai Peninsula. He was the first licensed professional fishing guide on the world famous Kenai River in Alaska. Family life is important to him with his nurturing and supportive wife Judy, four children and seven grandchildren.

      Jim Boeheim (1962)

      Jim Boeheim played for the Lyons Lions three years on the varsity level for both basketball and golf. His basketball career for Lyons High School culminated as the leading scorer in the league. Lions won the Wayne-Finger Lakes Basketball League Championships in both his junior and senior years with records of 15-1 and 14-0, respectively. The 1962 Class AA Championship game ended their 20-0 record when they lost by a point in double-overtime to undefeated East Rochester. His talents took him to the court of NCAA Division I Syracuse University as a walk-on, where he scored 745 points from 1963-66.

      In 1969, he became a graduate assistant coach at Syracuse and coached the freshman team to a 16-2 record.  He became a full-time assistant in 1972 and took over the Head Coach position for the Orangemen in 1976. 

      For the 28 years leading up to his induction, his coaching record was 676-234 (.743) with his teams receiving 27 post-seasonal invitations (NIT or NCAA). His 23 NCAA appearances show 13 years attaining the Sweet Sixteen, three Final Fours and the 2003 NCAA National Collegiate Basketball Championship. He won Big East Coach of the Year honors in 1984 and 1991.

      He is actively involved with the Kidney Foundation, and the Coaches vs. Cancer Program.  He is married and the father of four children.

      Richard G. Blackwell 'Coach' (Retired, 1977)

      Upon his arrival at Lyons Central School in 1950, Dick Blackwell moved Lyons into Class A as a legendary coach in the Wayne Finger Lakes League.  His sixteen years of coaching created a record of 210 wins and 80 losses for a .724 winning percentage. His team went undefeated in his first season of coaching basketball, winning the Class A Section V title in 1952 with a record of 18-0. By 1954, the Lyons Lions won their second Section V crown in three years. His teams won nine Wayne Finger Lakes titles and were regular Sectional Tournament participants, including a run of seven consecutive years.

      During that time, they made it at least to the semi-finals every year. The last six years of his coaching career (1961-1966) showed an outstanding team with 110 wins, 13 losses and a.894 winning percentage. He was the recipient of Coach of the Year honors several times and coached several Lions players who went on to play Division I in college basketball.

      In addition to his coaching career, he also was the President of the Wayne County Athletic Association for two years and the Athletic Director at Lyons for ten years.  An avid golfer, he was Section V’s Golf Chairman for twelve years and coached the Lyons golf team to their only Section V title in the sport. In 1960, he became the first Pro at the new Wayne Hills Country Club in Lock Berlin.

      Always known as the consummate gentleman both on and off the court, he was a fine role model for those he coached, setting the example for playing the games of basketball and of life.

      Maureen Nolan-Decillis (1983)

      Maureen Nolan was a four-season athlete at Lyons Central School, playing on the varsity teams for four years in basketball and track and three years at the varsity level in soccer and volleyball. She made First Team All League for each of the four sports. She finished in eleventh place her senior year at the State Championship for track in the long jump. Upon high school graduation, she received the Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award and the Lyons Teachers’ Association Scholarship.

      At Ithaca College she earned a B.S. in Physical Education while continuing her athletic endeavors in both soccer, as a forward, and track, in long jump, triple jump, 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays. During her sophomore year, her soccer team ranked 18th nationally and she became the school’s record holder for single game, season and career points. Collegiate honors included Dean’s List 1983-87. She furthered her education at SUNY Brockport with a M.S. degree in Health Education.

      Maureen is married with one daughter and two stepsons.  She has taught physical education for seventeen years, first at BOCES#1 Fairport and then Rush-Henrietta Central School. Post-collegiate honors include 1995 Central Western Zone Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year and in 2000, the Monroe County Division Girls Soccer Co-Coach of the Year.  Her coaching experience for the last seventeen years has been at East Rochester High School and Rush-Henrietta High School for field hockey, volleyball, basketball, soccer and track.