Lyndonville Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four new members in May

Contributed Story Posted 21 April 2024 at 9:23 am

Four new members will be inducted into the Lyndonville Athletic Hall of Fame on May 11.

The new inductees include Coach Mark Hughes, Terry Stephens (Class of 1996), Connie Wehner (Class of 1980) and Gary Wilson (Class of 1964).

Hughes was a long time teacher and coach in Lyndonville who retired from teaching in 2011.

During his career he coached many sports including football, soccer, basketball and baseball.

He coached 36 seasons of soccer and basketball at the JV and Varsity levels and still coaches modified girls basketball. He coached baseball for 50 seasons as a JV and Varsity assistant.

His soccer teams won the Genesee Region league division title 3 years and also reached Sectional Finals 2 years. He saw his basketball teams win league two years and also reached the sectional finals two years. As a baseball coach, he was a part of 16 Genesee Region league championships and 7 Sectional titles and was also a part of the 2011 Far West Regional run.

“Mr. Hughes longevity and commitment to Lyndonville athletics is unmatched,” said Lyndonville Athletic Director James Zeliff.

Stephens was a three sport varsity athlete participating in Soccer (’94-’96), Basketball (’94-’96) and Baseball (’93-’96). He earned Genesee Region League all-star honors in all three (Soccer – ’95, ’96, Basketball – ’96, Baseball – ’94, ’95, ’96). He was also named GR Player of the Year in the ’95 and ’96 seasons.

He led his baseball team to Sectional Championships in both the 1994 and 1996 seasons and reached the Semi-finals in 1995. In the 1996 playoffs, he was named Class C Player of the Year.

After high school, Terry attended SUNY Brockport where he played baseball. He has also coached youth baseball and basketball at the JV and Varsity level in Lyndonville.

Wehner was an athlete and later a teacher and coach (Track, Soccer and basketball) in Lyndonville serving the district from 1986-1997.

She was a 4 year member of the Soccer team (1976-1979), 3 year member of the basketball and track and field (1977-1980) teams and also participated in volleyball (1979-80) and softball (1976).

She was named to the G-R all-star team in soccer in the 1978 and 1979 seasons with her team reaching the Class D semi-finals in her junior year and the finals in her senior year. She was also a participant in the 1979 Empire State Games.

In Basketball, she earned G-R All-Star honors in the 1979-80 season with her team reaching the Section V Class D Semi-finals her junior year.

In Track and Field, she earned G-R All-Star honors in 1979 and 1980 and was a 3 time Section V Class D champion in shotput and the 1600m relay. Her relay won the G-R championship in 1978 and 1979. She had a school record in Shotput and her relay team still holds the school record with a time of 4:27.

After graduating from Lyndonville, Wehner went on to SUNY Brockport where she was a member of the Inaugural Women’s Soccer team. She was team captain of the SUNYAC championship team and earned Honorable Mention SUNYAC honors. A 4 year Dean’s list member, she also earned the Varsity Athletic Award for Women’s Soccer as well as the Donald Tower Award for PE and Sport – “given to an outstanding student who demonstrates academic achievement, outstanding teacher potential and involvement in college activities”.

After her teaching career in Lyndonville,she went on to become an administrator in the Rochester City School District as an Athletic Director (1997-2000), Assistant Principal (2000-2001), and Principal (2001-2022).

Wilson played basketball and baseball in his high school career at Lyndonville.

Upon graduation, Wilson attended SUNY Cortland where he participated in Cross Country and Track in his sophomore, junior and senior years. He began coaching Women’s Cross Country and track for the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse winning a Division III national titles in 1982 (track), 1983 (XC and track) and 1984 (track). He also coached Men’s track and field for 5 years and the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse with his athletes earning a combined 29 conference titles between the three positions.

In 1985 Wilson went on to become Head Women’s Cross Country coach at the University of Minnesota for 28 years and was also the Head Track and Field coach from 1985-2007. During his X-C tenure, he was named Big10 Coach of the year 2 times, won conference titles in 2007 and 2008, won the Midwest regional from 2007-2009, had 15 NCAA championship appearances and watched 6 runners earn a total of 9 All-American awards. As the Head Track and Field coach, his team earned Big10 titles in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and he was named Big10 coach of the year in 2006.

He has been inducted into the University of Minnesota “M” club, a member of the UW-LaCrosse Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the National Track and Field/Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2015.

The banquet will be held on May 11th with Brunch served at 11:00am. Tickets are available for $15 each. If interested in attending, contact Jim Zeliff by phone (585) 765-3143 or email at