Wayne T. Rose, Class of 1963
Though he could be a candidate for Sports Legend, Wayne Rose was nominated not for his own personal, athletic accomplishments (though we will recognize those), but also for what he has given back to education and to the sport that he found so much success with. At HHS, Wayne was Hamburg’s first varsity letter winner in Cross Country on the 1959 ECIC and Section AA Championship teams. He was also captain of the ’62 Cross Country Team that captured the ECIC and Section AAA Championships. At Buffalo State, Rose became a top cross country runner and captain of the ’65 and ’66 STJNYAC Championship Teams. He earned All-SUNYAC honors in ’64, ’65, and ’66 and also co-captained the ’65 Track and Field Teams. Wayne set records in the long jump, triple jump, mile and distance medley relays, receiving Buffalo State’s Presidents Award in 1967. Wayne began a teaching career with the Lake Shore schools that lasted 33 years, coaching cross country teams for an astounding 41 years! He originated girls cross country competition in Western New York in 1974 and ’75 and the first ECIC girls’ team competition began in 1978. He went on to coach 16 ECIC teams and 14 individual champions, 4 Sectional teams and 8 individual champions. Rose sent 65 runners to State and Federation meets over the years. Wayne coached boys track for eight years, setting 24 records during that time. He was coach of the undefeated mile relay teams of ’71, ’72, ’73 and ’74. Rose also coached the girls track team that set 28 records in three years, winning Lake Shore’s first ECIC Championships in 1992 and ’93. Twenty former runners are now coaching cross country or track. Wayne also guided Lake Shore’s Art Dena, anent, teaching advanced art courses, developing handbooks, major sequences, Regents portfolios, art careers and descriptions. Over 200 of his former student have entered the creative careers in art.