WAYLAND — The Wayland-Cohocton Athletic Department is pleased to announce the induction of two honorees to the Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 3. The presentation will be made following the junior varsity boys game at about 7 p.m.
This year’s inductees are Gary Miller and coach Robert White. Coach White’s recognition is made posthumously. Friends and family, classmates and fellow athletes are welcome to attend a reception which will be held in the high school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will then be made in the field house immediately following the junior varsity game.
Gary Miller is a Wayland Central School Class of 1953 alumni and participated in soccer, baseball, track and field, and basketball. Gary completed in soccer and baseball for four years, track and field for three years and basketball for two years.
As a four-sport athlete Gary was one of the most well-rounded athletes of the 1950’s. As captain of the soccer team, Gary led the Eagles to three county championships and two appearances in the sectional finals.
He was a two-time county champion in baseball who also qualified for sectionals in pole vault during the same spring season as baseball in 1953. Gary was a member of the 1953 basketball team whose 14-2 record was a best for many years. He finished his Eagles career earning the 1953 Senior Athlete Award for Ability and Sportsmanship.
Gary was later honored as a Section V Hall of Fame Basketball Coach. He was the architect of the exceptional Newark Central program of the 1970’s. His Reds team captured six Finger Lakes League titles and two Section V Championships in 1978 and 1979. Gary was a six-time league and three-time Section V Coach of the Year whose career record was an incredible 184-66 (a 74 percent winning percentage).
Coach Robert White led numerous teams at Wayland Central School from 1948 to 1953 and 1955 to 1964. Coach White, a physical education teacher and coach of five different varsity sports in his 15-year career at Wayland (soccer, basketball, baseball, track and field, boys volleyball) is the winningest soccer coach in the school’s history.
He was the mastermind of the program that dominated the area in the 1950’s. During Coach White’s 14 seasons as the soccer coach, he won 10 league championships (nine consecutive) and qualified for sectionals all 14 seasons.
In the nine years as a baseball coach, Coach White guided the Eagles to county championships in 1952 and 1953. The 1953 team is considered one of the strongest in the school’s history and competed in the sectional finals in Rochester at Silver Stadium.
Coach White’s 1953 basketball team’s 14-2 season stood as a school record for both wins and winning percentage for many years. He is also credited with starting Saturday morning youth basketball leagues and inter-class play. Besides teaching and coaching, Coach White was the Varsity Club Advisor for all 15 years at Wayland Central. This nomination is made posthumously.