FLOYD LINCOLN was honored during the Monday, June 12 Durand Board of Education meeting for his service to the school system, and was presented with a personalized glass bowl by Durand Superintendent Craig McCrumb, who told Lincoln he was proud to have worked with him, and that he was impressed with the tremendous amount of people he has impacted.

The longtime teacher and soccer coach has retired, though he will remain a member of the Durand community. Lincoln taught science and was the alternative education teacher for a number of years. He has positively affected many lives during his time with the Durand Area Schools, and peers and students alike respected his firm, yet encouraging approach.

Lincoln would routinely go out of his way to help students along, dropping homework by students’ homes, and even providing after school, at-home tutoring when requested. He always went above what is normally expected of educators. Additionally, he took charge of the school’s ski club, and he and his wife, Vicki, held the most successful blood drives in the area, according to Jeff Smith, the donor recruitment account manager with American Red Cross Blood Services of Lansing.

While those he impacted will never overlook Lincoln’s contributions in the classroom, he will surely be remembered by many for his success on the soccer pitch. He spent 20 years as the varsity boys coach, and he took over as varsity girls coach in 2001. He compiled more than 200 wins as the coach of the boys team, while also winning Mid-Michigan Conference championships in 2000 and 2001, a Division 3 district title in 2001, and a Genesee Area Conference Tournament championship in 2015. He compiled more than 100 wins with the girls teams, with a Mid-Michigan Conference championship in 2005, a Genesee Area Conference championship in 2008, and a Division 3 district title in 2008.

One of Lincoln’s proudest achievements as coach is the construction of the Jon Simons press box, which was built in memory of Lincoln’s former player, Jon Simons, who passed away in 2006 as a result of a motorcycle accident after graduating Durand High School in 2003. Lincoln did not just raise money for the press box; he swung a hammer and was a big part of the building’s construction.

Lincoln was honored by his final girls team with an after school celebration on Wednesday, May 24, and by many of his former players after a game against Lakeville on Thursday, May 25. And though he is retired, he will never be done teaching. Instead of working in the classroom, Lincoln has transitioned to teaching his grand daughters (shown in front of the Jon Simons press box following the May 25 victory against Lakeville). The doting grandfather is truly in his element with his girls, who now get their “Papa” all to themselves.

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

Floyd Lincoln Was Honored was last modified: June 26th, 2017 by Karen Elford