On a blustery cold night, the Wayland-Cohocton Athletics Department inducted four members into the Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Athletes Alyssa Englert and Leslie Havens Lucas along with Coach Jeff Englert and Special Contributor David Mastin are now part of the
Following hor d'oeuvres and a lovely dinner presentation of the awards were made. Retired Coach John Crossett spoke about the accomplishments and records of Alyssa Englert and Leslie Lucas. Both women were three season athletes that went on to compete in college.
Coach Crossett reflected on the athletic accomplishments of the two women but even more so on their strength of character, humor and work ethic in everything they did, whether athletics or academics. He highlighted their numerous records and talked about his experiences as a coach of such outstanding athletics. Following Coach Crossett presenting them with the plaques that will hang in the hallway of the field house, Leslie and Alyssa both shared their reflections on their athletic careers. Both women talked about the people who had influenced them, the experiences they had as Lady Eagles and thanked the people present and part of their stories.
Retired Coach Rich Saxton spoke about the distinguished career of Jeff Englert as a girls’ varsity track coach. He reflected on the numerous team and individual championships of Jeff’s career. As Jeff’s assistant coach he talked about Jeff’s ability to build the program and engage families and the community in support of the program through his friendly demeanor. After being presented with his plaque, Coach Englert reflected on the programs he coached, those that coached with him and those that helped build the successful programs he was part of. He recalled athletes and coaches that had made the experiences special and thanked the people who had made his years at the track and on the field so enjoyable.
Softball Coach Dave Stewart spoke with David Mastin, the district’s business manager, who was being recognized for his special contribution to the athletic programs. As Business Manager Mr. Mastin has been part of the planning process responsible for building the field house and making improvements to numerous fields. He’s worked at creating safe state-of-the art facilities and guaranteeing as much community access as possible. Mr. Mastin has served as an assistant coach for the softball program and volunteered with other athletic organizations. During his speech, Mr. Mastin reflected on the development of the district facilities, working with generous and goal-oriented people. He reflected on the enjoyment he’s had and the high caliber of individuals he’s had the opportunity to work with during these experiences and offered his appreciation.
A complete list of the inductees’ accomplishments is available on the Wayland-Cohocton website along with information on nominating someone for consideration for Hall of Fame induction.