Dillenbeck was effective and dedicated in leading Lyndonville athletic program

Posted 4 July 2019 at 8:28 am


A Board of Education is elected to represent the community in which they serve and is tasked with providing students with the best possible education and programs. The Lyndonville Board of Education has recently failed in representing their community when they voted not to reappoint Lee Dillenbeck as the Athletic Director, after 18 years of dedicated service to the athletic programs.

Mr. Dillenbeck has been a constant presence in the school district for 23 years, serving as a teacher, athletic director and coach. Throughout his entire career, student athletes have benefited from having Mr. Dillenbeck as their AD. How do I know? I am a Lyndonville graduate and former three-sport athlete.

I recall the 2011 baseball season, in which we won the Genesee Region League Championship, Section Five Championship and Far West Regional Championship – Mr. Dillenbeck was a constant presence throughout the season attending home and away games, regardless of where we were playing. He always ensured that the team had enough of everything that it needed.

This was not just for our team, but for every team in the district. Mr. Dillenbeck was always there. I also had the privilege of having Mr. Dillenbeck as my Varsity Soccer coach. He always pushed his athletes to be their best, not only on the field, but off of the field as well. He has simply always wanted what was best for the students and his community.

Mr. Dillenbeck exemplifies leadership and professionalism. His proven record of effective leadership is the reason that he is highly recommended by Superintendent Jason Smith, parents, teachers, coaches, past board members and past students. Neither Mr. Dillenbeck, nor the community has been given an explanation of the Board’s decision.

Much like the over 100 people that attended the July 1 Board Meeting, I stand with Mr. Dillenbeck. I am calling on the Lyndonville School Board to put their own personal and political agendas aside. For those Board members that might be afraid to stand up to the bullies that you serve alongside – now is your time to stand up, set an example and LEAD.

I urge the School Board to reinstate Mr. Dillenbeck as Athletic Director. He is and will continue to be the best man for the job. I urge all community members to stay active, hold your Board Members accountable and keep pushing.


James White