Six local sports icons are the first to grace the new Lake Mary High School Athletic Hall of Fame
They all made history in our community, and now they’re making it again. On October 18, Lake Mary High School inducted the inaugural class of legends into its brand-new Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame gala was held at Heathrow Country Club, where attendees paid tribute to outstanding athletes, coaches, and sports leaders, all while raising money to support the future of Lake Mary High’s athletic programs.
For each of the inductees, the honor was decades in the making.
“We’ve been planning this event for quite some time,” says Ed Schuckman, president of Lake Mary High’s athletic boosters. “We obviously had a lot of catching up to do in terms of honoring our athletics program and its participants.”
Let’s meet the inductees...
Don T. Reynolds
Don is credited with putting Lake Mary High School on its path to athletic excellence. The first principal of the school, he’s the namesake of its football stadium and was a leader in the fight against student athlete steroid use. He was enshrined in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. His daughter, Mickey, is Lake Mary High’s current principal.
Larry led the LMHS boys’ soccer teams to six FHSAA championship tournaments – including two finishes as state runner-up. He retired from coaching in 2005 but not before being named Florida’s Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association – twice. As the state soccer chairman for the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA), Larry organized the first state soccer poll, all-state team, all-star game, and the annual FACA soccer clinic.
Doug never limited himself to one sport – as a player or a coach. A 1980 NCAA wrestling All-American, Doug’s photo made the paper and prompted Don Reynolds to hire him at LMHS as an assistant wrestling coach. He progressed to head coach and led the team to multiple championships. Doug also served as head football coach and golf coach (“I couldn’t find anyone, so I hired myself,” Doug quips), and he is the school’s current athletic director. Doug is also in the Lyman High School Hall of Fame and National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“Serving at Lake Mary is my pleasure, and it has led to some of my fondest memories,” says Doug. “I owe a lot to the parents, who were phenomenal, and to the community support from businesses and the boosters.”
Frank now lives in New Smyrna Beach, but he was one of Lake Mary High’s first wrestling coaches. Frank was also hired by Don Reynolds.
“When we first opened the school, nobody had ever wrestled,” says Frank, recalling how LMHS began with just ninth and tenth graders. “It was quite a challenge, educating them. Wrestling is not just about strength, it’s more about techniques and being smart.”
Frank was a key force in establishing the Lake Mary Athletic Booster Association. He and Don coached fellow inductee Jack Likens to two state championships.
Of his Hall of Fame induction, Frank says, “It’s quite an honor when you look at the people I was inducted with.”
Donna, now an Oviedo resident, was captain of Lake Mary High’s first girls’ state-champion soccer team and an All-American. She was named the 1989 girls’ soccer Athlete of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel and made honorary captain of the All-Seminole County team. Donna earned a college scholarship and came back to LMHS as an assistant for Coach Bill Eissele.
“The concept of ‘team’ and the work involved to bring 18 different personalities, athletic levels, and brains together as one... that right there is a life lesson,” Donna says of coaching.
Jack Likens Jr.
Jack was Lake Mary High’s first boys’ state-champion wrestler in 1983 and repeated the feat in 1984 – a back-to-back record that still stands today. Jack was also a National Merit Scholar semifinalist and attended the Naval Academy. These days, he travels the U.S. in his RV.
“We changed our plans to rush back to Florida to come back for the Hall of Fame gala,” Jack says. “It was such an honor.”
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